Bennie L. Marshall, RN, Ed.D. is a retired professor and department head, Norfolk State University, Department of Nursing and Allied Health. She has served in the position from August 2003 - August 2014. She has more than 40 years of experience as a nurse, educator and manager. She received a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in 1970, a Master of Science (Nursing/Education) from Hampton University in 1982 and a Doctor of Education from The College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1999. Dr. Marshall's primary areas of expertise are nursing education, health policy and research. She was selected as a 2002-2005 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow. Additionally, she received two 4-year gubernatorial appointments to the Virginia Board of Health (2005 - 2013). She was appointed to the Bon Secours Board of Directors, Hampton Roads in January 2007. She is very active in professional and service organizations, including the Virginia Nurses Association and Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. In 2008, she received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service from Norfolk State University. Additionally, she served as one of the faculty who presented workshops on cultural competency to the public health workforce in Virginia. She co-wrote the 2008 - 2013 New Careers in Nursing Proposals for Norfolk State University, assisting 2nd degree students enrolled at Norfolk State University to receive RWJF/AACN NCIN scholarships. NSU was the first HBCU to be awarded a NCIN grant to expand the capacity and diversity of nursing programs. In 2011, she was named Business Woman of the Year by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., a national recognition. In 2014, she completed a 7 month community leadership program offered through the CIVIC Institute. Prior to leaving NSU, she wrote a $400,000 Title III grant proposal that was funded to promote technology integration in the nursing curricula.