Dr. Sandra C. Garmon Bibb, DNSc., RN, FAAN
Dr. Bibb has over 25 years of experience in senior and executive leadership positions in military and academic settings. She also has over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing health promotion and disease prevention programs with emphases on eliminating health and health care disparities; and promoting cultural competence and alternative approaches to improving access to care in vulnerable populations.
Dr. Bibb received her Diploma of Nursing from Providence School of Nursing in Mobile, Alabama; and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Masters of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Science, from the University of San Diego.
Dr. Bibb is the Dean of the College of Health Professions at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Dr. Bibb has been with Wichita State University since August 2014.
Previously, Dr. Bibb was Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Daniel K. Inouye, Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, a role she was appointed to establish in August 2011. She had been recruited to the GSN in 2004 to develop, implement, and evolve curriculum for teaching population health and population based assessment in the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science Program. Prior to being appointed as Associate Dean she served as Chair of the Department of Health Systems, Risk and Contingency Management from May 2005 until July 2011.
Before joining the GSN, Dr. Bibb served in the United States Navy as an active duty nurse. She retired at the rank of Captain in 2004, after serving three decades in the Armed Forces. Dr. Bibb’s illustrious military career culminated at Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, California, as Executive Director of Support Services. While on active duty she established and served in a number of leadership roles where she lead inter-professional health care teams in the design and delivery of population-based health care to Department of Defense Military Health Care System health care beneficiaries. She co-authored the population health curriculum for the Navy’s original Clinic Management Course, which purposed to train inter-professional teams in collaborative approaches for population health improvement. Dr. Bibb was also part of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Population Health Improvement Training Team traveling internationally and throughout the United States to conduct inter professional health care team training.
Dr. Bibb is recognized for her research initiatives and published works related to population health and outcomes, with specific emphasis on population health management and access to care. Dr. Bibb is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and is a member of the Navy Nurse Corps Association Board of Directors. She has received numerous professional achievement awards. The Outstanding Military Woman of Achievement award from the San Diego County Women’s Council Navy League; Minority Access, Inc. Alumna National Role Model Citation; prestigious Hughes Career Achievement Award from the University of San Diego; Outstanding Civilian Faculty, Faculty Esprit De Corps, Dean’s Teaching Excellence, and Commendable Service awards from the Uniformed Services University; and recognition as one of the 2011 100 Extra-Ordinary Nurses in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Dr. Bibb has also been awarded the Navy Achievement, Navy Commendation with gold star, Defense Meritorious Service, and Legion of Merit medals for her contributions to the Navy.