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.”
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.