Diane Washington joined the School of Nursing in 2011 as the Executive Assistant to the Dean. Diane brings 25 years of executive administrative leadership experience to the School, having been executive assistant to both the CFO and CEO of Southern Health, Administrative Office Manager to the UVA Medical Center Finance Department, and Administrative Assistant to the Chairman of UVA Radiology & Medical Imaging. Diane began her administrative trajectory as the receptionist in UVA Patient Billing.

In early 2024, Diane assumed the role of Executive Assistant for School Initiatives and Support, where she leads the School’s initiatives in the form of specialized event planning and coordination – including lectureships; serves as appoointed administrative staffing for the School’s Rewards and Recognition Committee; provides organizational support for the School of Nursing’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Compassionate Care Initiative, as well as Academic Operations, and the Diversity Committee.

Ms. Washington has been a member of several professional organizations, such as UVA’s  Exceptional Assistant Network (EAN), Toastmaster’s Club of Charlottesville, Dr. Pinkerton’s Women’s Health Awareness Committee, and UVA Black Faculty-Staff Employee Resource Group. She is currently an active member of the  State of the Executive Assistant as well as Office Dynamics International. Diane is a recipient of the School of Nursing Accomplished Service Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions as well as the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Innovation. She received special recognition for winding down the Fontaine deanship while simultaneously on-boarding a new dean (all while still accomplishing her daily responsibilities). Diane is a  two-time recipient of the Medical Center/School of Medicine Employee of the Month awards.

Ms. Washington is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she earned a BA in Sociology. She holds three certificates of completion from the UVA School of Medicine’s Mini-Med School. Recently in May 2024, Diane completed training in Introduction to Wisdom & Wellbeing Peer Support Training,  Introduction to Wisdom & Wellbeing Peer Support Training in Discrimination & Bias, Introduction to Wisdom Practices, and Stress First Aid Introduction, as well as Stepping in 4 Respect training. Ms. Washington will also be a part of the Fall 2024 cohort in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies – Higher Education Program for Executive Level Assistants (HEPELA).