Averett University is pleased to announce that Dr. Mary Anne Blum Condon is the chair of nursing education for the university. Condon, who brings to the role her strong academic background - illustrated both in the classroom and in research and publications - as well as extensive nursing leadership experience gained in the U.S. Army Reserve and in public sector hospitals, will start on June 20, 2011.
"Dr. Mary Condon has a passion for the field of nursing and for educating nurses for the future. She is a consummate professional, an academic expert in nursing, and a highly respected and widely published author on healthcare issues," said Dr. Stephen Ausband, vice president of academic affairs. "Averett is delighted to have her guiding the development of future health care programs as the chair of nursing education."
Condon will serve as a member of the Averett faculty, and her responsibilities will include designing and seeking accreditation for new academic programs in the health sciences, recruiting and managing faculty for the new programs, as well as setting departmental strategy and budgets, and managing the department's faculty and staff. Filling the University's chair of nursing education marks a significant milestone achieved in Averett's expanded health sciences initiative.
Condon comes to Averett from Alfred State College in Alfred, N.Y., where she served as professor and director of the B.S.N. program and associate degree nursing programs. Condon also has military nursing experience gained in more than 23 years in the Army Reserve. Condon retired from the military in 2009, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and having served in the U.S. and abroad - including in nursing leadership roles.
Condon has extensive experience teaching nursing and as an administrator of nursing programs. Prior to her most recent post at Alfred State College, she had served as associate dean of undergraduate nursing programs at Binghamton University and associate professor of nursing at Elmira College in N.Y., and at The Pennsylvania State University at Mont Alto. From 1997-2003, Condon worked at Alfred State College as an assistant professor of nursing. Her prior academic experience includes teaching stints at State University of New York Brockport and Buffalo, Austin Peay State University in Tenn., Rutgers from 1984-89, Niagara University, Daemon College and Trocaire College.
Condon earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Adelphi University, Garden City. She also holds a master's and a bachelor's degree in nursing from State University of New York at Buffalo; she is an alumna of Bryn Mawr College's Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration. Condon is involved in several professional groups related to nursing, including the American Association for the History of Nursing, American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International - The Honor Society of Nursing.
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