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Cecil Holland

Position: Interim Associate Dean Department: Nursing

Contact Info

Office: 208 F.L. Atkins Building Phone: 336-750-2272


Dr. Cecil Holland is the Interim Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer of the Division of Nursing at Winston-Salem State University. He also serves as Assistant Dean for Admissions, Student Affairs and Program Effectiveness and a tenured Associate Professor at Winston-Salem State University. Dr. Cecil Holland is a noted clinician and academician with over 34 years of nursing, education, and administration experience. He has practiced medical-surgical, critical care and gerontological nursing during the span of his nursing career.

Dr. Holland has facilitated the education and training of healthcare personnel in a number of venues. Through his commitment to quality education and training, patient care modalities have improved, thereby promoting excellent patient care.

He received both his baccalaureate degree and Masters of Science in Nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from WSSU. Dr. Holland also received the Masters of Science in Adult Education degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC, the Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Leadership specializing in Healthcare Education from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FLA, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Care Administration from Breyer State University in Alabama. Dr Holland’s research interest includes cardiovascular health, childhood obesity, and interrogational collaboration. He serves on numerous community boards, has received over $500,000 in extramural funding, has been published in several peer reviewed journals and magazines, and has presented at national conferences.

Dr. Holland’s community service has included membership of several Boards of Directors including, The Shepherd Center of Winston-Salem, UFit2, Inc., SECU Hospitality House, and St. Stephen Missionary Baptist Church. Additionally, he chaired the Congregational Nurse Health Ministry Council of the Shepherd Center. He has served in leadership positions in national organizations. He served as Vice President of the Rho Lambda Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. He is currently on the Executive Board of Rho Lambda and serves as Treasurer. He is a member of the Forsyth Technical Community College Nursing Advisory Board and the WSSU School of Health Sciences Advisory Board.

Educational Background

  • PhD 2006 Breyer Sate University, Birmingham AL
  • MSN 2004 Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem NC
  • EdD 2999 Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale FLA
  • MEd 1990 North Carolina A & T State University, Greensboro NC
  • BSN 1989 Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salen NC
  • AAS Forsyth Technical College, Winston-Salem NC
  • PNE Diploma 1982 Forsth Technical Institute, Winston-Salem NC

Research and Project Interests

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Interprofessional Collaboration