Laura Fero
  • Laura Fero
  • Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences, Director of Nursing

  • Email:
  • Phone: 828.898.8769
  • Office: May School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Office 125
  • Department: Academics


PhD, University of Pittsburgh
MS, University of Phoenix
BS, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Common Courses Taught

First Year Seminar
Focus Lab

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Throughout my career, I have focused research and leadership strategies on facilitating critical thinking and interprofessional competencies across healthcare disciplines. I have published numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbooks, have a trademarked assessment tool for practice, research, and leadership and have presented at several national and international conferences. My particular area of interest is the use of high-fidelity human simulation in the measurement of critical thinking. I currently serve as a Board Member of the North Carolina League of Nursing. In addition, I am an active member of many professional organizations including the Southern Nursing Research Society, Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association, and the American Organization of Nursing Executives.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

I currently serve as the Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College. It is an honor to serve in this position as it is my role to provide the visionary and strategic leadership for our diverse programing which includes nursing, emergency medical services and management, and health and wellness science. We are committed to fostering academic, and non-academic activities in an effort to prepare a diverse cadre of health professionals in partnership with the local healthcare community. I am an active member of faculty senate and the curriculum committee. I have also had the privilege of working on the Lees-McRae strategic planning taskforce.  

Personal Interests

I am deeply committed to the success of the May School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Lees-McRae College and the students and faculty who are dedicated to pursing excellence in healthcare education and delivery. It is our vision to deliver a holistic, scholarly, technology-driven curriculum that engages and benefits the community and global society. I am mother of 3 beautiful children and truly enjoy the time I spend with my extended family here at Lees-McRae College.