Ms. Verzilyn Isom - Dean of Faculty at Faculty of Nursing, Medicine & Health Science

Prior to taking up the position as the Dean of School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, Verzilyn previously served as the Head of School during the SICHE days from 2007 to 2012. During those times she has provided high-level educational leadership to ensure educational programs meet the needs of the students, Ministry of Health, communities, and families in the Solomon Islands and the region. During her leadership, she has developed and offered the first Bachelor of Nursing program in 2012 which was also the first degree to be offered in the country. During those years they have enrolled international students from Nauru and Vanuatu. Since 2012 the school has developed several new courses which include the first Post Graduate Diploma in Health Leadership and Management. She is an experienced academic with more than 20 years of work. She is committed and has a passion for her work.

Apart from her administrative duties she also teaches degree courses. One of her main aims is to bring the school to the next level and be the hub for Nursing in the Pacific.  Further to that her aim is also to develop and offer other courses in the areas of Allied Health Sciences and more specialized courses which are to respond to the current diseases strand.  To achieve her goal she believes in capacity building and to allow the staff to further their qualifications. One of her key priority areas is in terms of infrastructure development to cater for the expansion of the courses. There are MOUs that SINU has established with other Regional and International institutions. Her school has benefited from these and especially in the areas of Health and Nursing research and  also capacity building for the staff. She believes in working collaboratively with other established institutions and to learn from them as SINU is still relatively young and has a very high potential to be the leading university in this region.