January 21, 2011
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jan. 21, 2011) – Dr. M. Bridget Nettleton has been appointed as dean of SUNY Empire State College's nursing program, effective this month.
In concert with the college's mission of providing open and flexible education for adults, the program is offered primarily online, networking students and faculty with peers around the nation and the world while providing health-care professionals with affordable, innovative education that meets the needs of the 21st century work force.
"I am very pleased to accept this appointment, and I look forward to working with my colleagues at Empire State College to grow the nursing program, as well as explore other possible degree options for the health sciences," Nettleton said. "The mission of the college to serve adult learners is one I fully support and embrace."
Provost Meg Benke said Nettleton is ideal for leading program development at the graduate level, and in expanding health area options. She said she is looking forward to working with Nettleton, and commended the work of Dr. Rosann Urso, her predecessor, and founding associate dean of the nursing program. "I am grateful to Dr. Urso and the nursing faculty for building the program, which has been recognized with the recent accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We look forward to taking the program even further in meeting the needs of health-care professionals seeking to earn nursing degrees. The college’s nursing graduates will be strong leaders in the profession and help to expand the nursing education capacity of public higher education."
Most recently, Nettleton was dean of nursing at Excelsior College, the largest nursing program in the country. As the dean of nursing at SUNY Empire State College, Nettleton will be responsible for leadership of the nursing program including its budget, faculty and staff issues, student and faculty recruitment, curriculum design, student orientation and graduation. She will collaborate with the other deans and the Office of Academic Affairs regarding faculty and program-related issues; supervising nursing faculty and staff in adherence to college policies and procedures; updating faculty and staff regarding college issues and appointments; promoting communication and effective working relationships among nursing team members and; promoting an atmosphere of interdependence among faculty and staff.
Nettleton has a Ph.D. in educational administration and policy from SUNY Albany, as well as her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing from Russell Sage College. She has been extremely active nationally in the professional advancement of nursing, and with issues related to state regulatory environments and accreditation. She has been a National League of Nursing panel reviewer and serves on the board of directors for the American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN). She is currently the president of the AAMN Foundation.
The college currently has a RN to B.S. in nursing program and the development of a new Master of Science in Nursing program is anticipated, along with exploration in other health professional areas. The nursing program will continue to work in collaboration with the Center for Distance Learning for governance purposes and with the School for Graduate Studies.
SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor's and master's degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000-strong alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and military, and more. Many take leadership in advocacy of open and state public education, such as that offered by the State University of New York.
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David M. Henahan, Director of Communications 518-587-2100, ext. 2918 David.Henahan@esc.edu
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