Clementina D. Ceria-Ulep has been named interim dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH), effective November 1. Ceria-Ulep will serve in the interim position until a permanent dean is hired. SONDH Dean Mary G. Boland will retire in June after serving nearly 16 years.
Ceria-Ulep joined SONDH in 1993 and has taught in both undergraduate and graduate programs. She has served in various leadership positions and has been the associate dean for academic affairs since 2016. Ceria-Ulep currently oversees the programmatic development and quality assurance of the department of nursing and department of dental hygiene.
She was instrumental in the implementation of the Hawaiʻi Statewide Nursing Consortium in 2010, the development of new undergraduate pathways to the bachelor’s degree, and the launch of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2013. She has participated in three department of nursing accreditations.
In her role as interim dean, Ceria-Ulep will be charged with providing academic and administrative leadership for the school. Ceria-Ulep will lead and coordinate the SONDH academic, curricular, research and service programs, and will ensure the advancement of the strategic plans of UH Mānoa and UH System. Additionally, she will be responsible for promoting the university’s commitment to diversity, equity and cultural values.
Ceria-Ulep is a proud UH alumna having earned her bachelor’s of science and master’s of science in nursing administration from UH Mānoa. She received her PhD in nursing administration from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.