Galen College of Nursing

James B. Appleberry Joins Galen College of Nursing Board of Directors

Internationally-Known Educator and Consultant Was President of American Association of State Colleges and Universities

January 8, 2008 – James B. Appleberry, president-emeritus of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), has joined the Galen College of Nursing Board of Directors, the college announced today.

Dr. Appleberry spent more than eight years as head of the AASCU, retiring in 1999. While with the association, he counseled many presidents, chancellors and boards on issues of leadership and change; he became a confidant of countless university leaders. Appleberry also was recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education for his pivotal role in the development of national student aid policy.

He also has been engaged extensively in international education; among other associations, Appleberry was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of University Presidents, and he served for seven years on the U.S.-based Advisory Board for the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

“Every person who grows up in ignorance because of inadequate education ultimately contributes to the decline of our nation,” Appleberry said. “The undeveloped intelligence and ability of even one person is a national tragedy and a denial of that person’s opportunity to control his or her own destiny. Unfulfilled potential will result in unemployment, unenlightened citizen participation in our government, reduced productivity and personal stagnation. The competitiveness of our nation is linked to the achievement of the full potential of each and every one of our citizens.”

“We are honored to have Dr. Appleberry join the Galen College of Nursing Board” Kathryn Mershon, Chairperson of the Board, said. “His dedication to the betterment of higher education will uniquely enhance our mission to improve nursing education, not only for our students but for the nursing profession and the people nurses serve.”


Galen focuses solely on nursing education and the success of each student. One of the nation’s largest private colleges of nursing, Galen offers RN and LPN programs, as well as an LPN-to-RN bridge, with small class sizes, diverse clinical experiences, modern, well-equipped facilities and a committed, caring faculty. Galen has graduated more than 7,000 nurses across four campuses in Kentucky, Florida, Ohio and Texas. For more information, visit or call 502.410.6200.