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Shirley S. Chater Joins Galen College of Nursing Board

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – March 14, 2011 – Galen College of Nursing announced that Shirley S. Chater, PhD, RN, FAAN, former president of Texas Woman’s University and an American Academy of Nursing “Living Legend,” has joined the nursing college’s board of directors.

During her tenure at Texas Woman’s University, The New York Times cited TWU for its participatory team management style. During her leadership a community health clinic for the underserved was created and managed by faculty of the School of Nursing in Denton. Dr. Chater also served for many years as a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing and at U.C. Berkeley in the School of Education, holding the position of Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UCSF.

A member of the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, in 2000 Dr. Chater also was named a "Living Legend" by the American Academy of Nursing, in recognition of contributions to the nursing profession.

“Having Dr. Shirley Chater join the Galen Board of Directors is an honor,” said Tracy A. Ortelli, Phd(c), RN, CNE. “Her professional accomplishments and leadership capacity will further advance Galen’s efforts to offer high quality, innovative education. Dr. Chater’s influence will undoubtedly help all of us — students, staff, and faculty — achieve greater levels of success.”

Dr. Chater also served as Commissioner of the United States Social Security Administration during the Clinton administration (1993-1997) where she was responsible for 65,000 employees and a budget that exceeded $480 billion.

About Galen College of Nursing

Founded over 20 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nurse (PN/VN) and associate degree nursing programs to students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit our website.