Dr. Divina Grossman is President and Chief Academic Officer of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Previously she was a tenured professor and former Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Dr. Grossman has more than 30 years of experience as a leader, researcher, and innovator in higher education and is nationally recognized as a visionary dedicated to developing culturally competent practitioners who are prepared to meet the health needs of diverse patients.
Prior to serving as Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Dr. Grossman was the Founding Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University (FIU). She also served as FIU’s Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, where she directly advanced academic programs and research in an array of health sciences fields including physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, communication sciences and disorders, and nursing. Dr. Grossman formerly was the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Chronic Nursing Care at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Dr. Grossman earned her PhD in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Miami, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Santo Tomas. She also completed the New Presidents Program at Harvard University. She is a lecturer, researcher, and widely published author on integrated health care topics.
Throughout her career, Dr. Grossman has focused on community service and engagement initiatives that address the health and wellness of those in need. Through partnerships and pro-active outreach to local communities, Dr. Grossman has championed development of programs addressing community health needs, particularly in minority and disadvantaged populations. In addition to volunteering her time and expertise to local organizations and charitable groups, Dr. Grossman serves as Vice Chair and Board Member of Beyond Flexner Alliance—a national organization of health professionals committed to equality of access to quality health care.