Michelle Cox-Henley

Interim Chair

Michelle Cox-Henley

Interim Chair

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Nursing
Department of Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program

College of Nursing
Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing

The Graduate School


Over 40 Years of nursing experience with over 30 years spent in progressive leadership roles, to include Nurse Manager, Clinical Service Chief, Chief Nursing Officer, and Interim Chief Executive Officer. Retired after 32 years of VHA service. Served on numerous regional and national VA and non-VA committees.


  • DNP, Nursing Augusta State University, 2017

  • MSN, Nursing Emory University, 1984

  • BSN, Nursing University of South Carolina A, 1979


  • Nurse Executive Certification, Advanced (NEA-BC) American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), 2016

  • BLS AHA, 2018

  • RN State of Georgia, 1982

  • RNL State of Georgia, 1982

  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) American Association of Critical Care Nurses, 2000

Awards & Honors

  • Veterans Affairs Outstanding Performance Awards VHA, 2018

  • Who's Who in American Nursing 1991

  • President, Graduate Nursing School Class Nell Hodgson College of Nursing, Emory University, 1984

  • Who's Who Among Graduate Students in America Emory University, 1984

  • Young Woman of the Year 1983

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • NURS 9051

    DNP Project Inquiry & Change
  • NURS 7150

    Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 8550

    Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 7985

    Independent Study - DNP
  • NURS 9052

    Practice Inquiry & Change- NE
  • NURS 8663

    Strategic Planning and Mrkting
  • MGMT 6510

    Managerial Leadership
  • NURS 8662

    Quality Improvement & Risk Mgm
  • NURS 8661

    Health Care Finance and Econ
  • NURS 9050

    Strategies for Eff Prac Change

Teaching Interests

Nursing and Healthcare Leadership; Finance and Business; Strategic Planning


Selected Recent Publications

  • "Revealing a moral commitment to care: An analysis of nurses' stories", 1993
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • "Measurement of CVP, PAP, PCWP in various body positions - Masters Thesis, Emory University, 1984
    Research Report

Research Interests

Research Interest: Development of the Nurse Manager; Resiliency of Chief Nursing Officers.
Clinical Interest: Consulting on topics such as Joint Commission Accreditation, Implementation of Nurse Residency programs, Legal Aspects of Nursing, Mentoring in Leadership, Strategic Planning.

College Service

  • Study Abroad Committee 2020 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • DNP Leadership Committee 2018 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • DNP Program Committee 2018 - 2020

    Role: Committee Chair

University Service

  • The Graduate School Faculty Council 2019 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member

Professional Service

  • Augusta University Health Shared Governance Operations Council 2020 - 2020

    Role: Task Force Member
  • Georgia Hospital Leadership Summit Task Force 2020 - 2020

    Role: Committee Member
  • Augusta University Health 2019 - 2020

    Role: Mentor
  • CSRA Nursing Workforce Task Force 2012 - 2020

    Role: Chairperson