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Joan L. Frey

EdD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Interim Academic President and Dean, Louisville Campus

Joan L. Frey

Dr. Frey joined Galen College of Nursing in 2008 after 4 years as Director of the Nursing program at Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Canton, Ohio, and 13 years as Director of Aultman Hospital School of Nursing, inclusive of 28 years nursing experience in various professional and leadership roles. Dr. Frey was instrumental in transitioning the 114-year-old hospital-based education program to an accredited nursing program under the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

Dr. Frey has worked as a staff nurse, unit manager, and Nursing Director. While working as a unit Director at Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, Dr. Frey began teaching as an adjunct faculty member.  Dr. Frey gradually took a more active role in the planning and direction of the nursing school, eventually becoming the nursing program Director. In her role as Director, Dr. Frey oversaw the building project of a $9.8 million education facility for Aultman College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dr. Frey has been very active since 1991 with the National League for Nursing (NLN), a 40,000-plus international nurse education membership organization, currently serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary to the NLN Board of Governors (BOG). She also currently serves as Chair of the NLN Public Policy Committee which is a standing committee of the NLN Board.  She has held member-at-large elected positions since 1996 on the NLN Board of Governors, Board Councils, and Chair of the NLN Excellence Awards Review Panel. She additionally served on the NLN Finance Committee in an appointed position for 8 years from 1999 to 2007.

In her current capacity as Dean of Galen College’s main campus, Dr. Frey has established a cohesive and supportive learning culture since her appointment in 2008. In addition to the development of key nurse educator leaders for the Practical Nursing and AD Nursing programs (PN Program Director, Lisa Peak, MSN, CNE, and ADN Program Director, Dr. Constance Cooper, EdD, MSN, CNE), a partial list of improvements include: participated as a member of the Jefferson County Public Schools Health Careers High School initiative, facilitated the Spalding University-Galen Articulation Agreement, facilitated the initiative for a Galen faculty cohort in Spalding University’s College of Nursing Masters in Nursing Education degree program, implemented a monthly Louisville - Student Newsletter, facilitated the awarding of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by the Louisville campus, initiated a weekly Faculty Focus communication tool, increased student recognition via a Student of the Month program and student reception for Dean’s List and President’s List recipients, and increased the participation of key nursing/community professionals at Commencement. In May of 2016, Dr. Frey accepted the additional responsibility of serving as Interim Academic President for the College.

Dr. Frey received the Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from Ashland University, the Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron, the Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, and the Associate Degree in Nursing from Triton College.