Cordia Starling, EdD, RN
Associate Director

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Cordia StarlingDr. Cordia Starling is an Associate Director with the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). In her role as professional staff, she reviews all substantive change reports and works with all programs undergoing planned or unplanned changes.

Dr. Starling graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1979 with a BSN and honors. She completed her MS from Georgia State University in 1986 with a clinical nurse specialist concentration in parental-child health nursing and a focus in perinatal care. She completed a research project presented at the Georgia State University Graduate School of Nursing Research Symposium entitled “Locus of Control and Compliance Behaviors in Pregnancy-Induced Hypertensive Patients.” In 1997, Dr. Starling completed an EdD in higher education administration from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Her dissertation was entitled “Leadership of Community College Nursing Chairs in Georgia.”

Dr. Starling has primary clinical experience in postpartum, labor and delivery, and newborn nursery. She has also been involved in the care of patients on various medical and surgical units.

Dr. Starling has a long career in nursing education beginning in 1981. She began as an instructor in nursing, progressing to the level of Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing at Dalton State College. She served as the associate degree program nurse administrator for nine years. During her tenure at the College, she taught fundamentals, pharmacology, maternal/newborn, and trends and issues courses and in face-to-face and online formats. Dr. Starling is credited with facilitating the creation of an RN-BSN program, which admitted its first class in August 2012. Most recently, she retired as Dean of the School of Health Professions after 31 years of service to Dalton State College.

Dr. Starling served as an NLNAC site visitor and on the NLNAC Associate Subcommittee for Review of the Standards and Criteria for 2013. She has also reviewed numerous chapters in maternal/child and dosage and calculations texts and served on numerous college committees and community and civic boards in both professional and personal capacities.