May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, is one of the nation's most distinguished nursing leaders and education. Internationally recognized as an expert in the fields of geriatric and mental health nursing, Dr. Wykle shares her an early memory as a nurse's aide taking care of an elderly patient. That patient care experience led her on a path to becoming a leader of nurses and Dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is the first African American woman in nursing at major research university in the U.S. to have an endowed chair named after her. Throughout her 40-year career at CWRU, she has made it her personal mission to bring more minorities into the nursing profession.