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Galen College of Nursing Welcomes Dr. Anne McNamara as Academic President

March 10, 2015 – Louisville, KY – Galen College of Nursing (www.galencollege.edu) has recognized the need to focus on the growing leadership role it plays in the education of future and existing nurses as well as quality program initiatives by creating the position of Academic President.

“This newly created role marks an exciting time in the history of the college,” said Mark Vogt, CEO. “It is the next logical step as we are poised for the programmatic growth necessary to serve this nation’s healthcare needs. By 2022, there will be a need for an additional 1.05 million nurses in this country. Our growing role in nursing education requires the addition of an academic leader well-versed and 100% focused on high-quality nursing education, opportunity, and growth. This person is Dr. Anne McNamara. With a number of strategic initiatives in progress and on the horizon, this new structure will provide the critical resources necessary to advance academic quality and growth.” The appointment of this position is allowing Vogt to transition from the role of President to Chief Executive Officer in order to focus on strategic initiatives, operations and long-term planning. “I am so excited to join Galen,” said Dr. McNamara. “Its rich history, values, and culture provide a strong foundation for our efforts. I am eager to work closely with faculty, staff, and students as Galen is poised to meet the nursing workforce needs of a changing healthcare environment.”

Dr. McNamara comes to Galen from Grand Canyon University having served for seven years as Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, where she was instrumental in building one of the largest pre and post-licensure programs in the United States. She has also held leadership positions at Rio Salado College, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, and Maricopa Integrated Health System as the Chief Quality Officer for nursing quality and research. Dr. McNamara also has teaching experience from Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Rio Salado College.

Additionally, she has held leadership positions in national professional organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Nurses Association (ANA). She has been widely published and instrumental in grant development for numerous projects, resulting in the funding of initiatives from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Said Vogt, “With awards and honors too numerous to list, we are thrilled that Dr. McNamara has accepted this position and will start in early May. We are excited to see our future evolve with her thoughtful leadership.”

Editors and reporters: For interview opportunities, please contact Director of Marketing Anna Kitson at 502.410.6215, akitson@galencollege.edu.

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 nursing (PN/VN), associate and online baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 3,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit galencollege.edu.