Lynn George, PhD, RN, CNE, has been named inaugural dean of the College of Health and Wellness at Carlow University effective July 1, 2015. She has been serving as Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Robert Morris University since 2006 and as a faculty member there since 2003.
“It’s Carlow’s vision to build on the excellence of our nursing programs and extend our reach into new health care careers needed for the workforce in this region and beyond. Key to our success is the founding dean of the College of Health and Wellness,” said Carlow University President Suzanne Mellon, PhD. “Dr. George is an exceptional leader and educator who has a firm understanding of the landscape of health care and health care education needed to address this critical area in our region.”
A passion for high quality education that is transformational and learner focused, George was instrumental in growing enrollment and providing academic leadership and direction for all programs in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences during her tenure at Robert Morris University. Her many accomplishments include the development and administration of the RN-to-MSN online program and the curriculum revision for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. Additionally, she was part of the administrative team that launched the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, worked to transition a hybrid undergraduate program in Health Services Administration (HSAM) to a fully online program, and secured funding for student scholarships and research.
“With her professional experience, outstanding skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate successfully both internally and externally, we’re certain that Dr. George will be a tremendous asset in her role as dean,” said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Deanne D’Emilio, JD. “I’m confident that she will help to advance Carlow as a premier center for health education and innovation.”
In her more than 25 years in academia, George has held numerous faculty and leadership positions. Earlier in her career, she served as department head for the nursing program at the Community College of Allegheny County – Boyce Campus, where she facilitated learning experiences for students and mentored faculty.
George received a PhD in Nursing from Duquesne University, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her honors include being named a Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellow by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and a Cameos of Caring Nurse Educator Award for teaching excellence. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors at Heritage Valley Health System since 2009.
In 2014, a faculty-driven initiative led to the reorganization of Carlow’s existing academic structure and the creation of three new colleges. Designed to foster distinctive learning, diversify programs and formats, and grow partnerships, this new academic structure will propel the University forward into the future aligned with the strategic plan and new vision. The College of Health and Wellness is currently comprised of undergraduate degrees in nursing and a new respiratory care program, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN), Education and Leadership, Nursing (MSN), MSN-MBA Dual Degree and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).