Welcome from the Dean

Whether you are an undergraduate with an interest in health care, a seasoned nursing professional ready for advancement, or someone looking to transition to a new career, FPB has an academic program to help you fulfill your educational and professional goals.

Dean Mary E. Kerr
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A Globally-Recognized Leader in Nursing Education

It is my pleasure to write my first welcome to you as the Dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, one of the top ranked schools in the nation. FPB is named for Frances Payne Bolton, who endowed the school in 1923 and was the first elected congresswoman from the state of Ohio. Her work in government helped to bring about the creation of the Cadet Nurse Corps and other national nursing programs. We are proud to carry on her legacy as we continue to educate nurses who affect the health policies of today and tomorrow.

Now, more than ever, opportunities abound for nurses. As the health field continues to expand along with technology and an aging population, nurses are in demand like they have never been before. From clinical specialists to nurse practitioners, teachers, and researchers, FPB graduates assume professional roles in a variety of specialties. Graduates of FPB are leaders because of the strong educational foundation and experience they receive while they are students here.

As an alumna myself, I can personally tell you that FPB ‘s outstanding faculty and nurturing environment result in a quality education. Our alumni are leaders in the community, in the nation, and across the globe. Our graduates serve in various professional nursing positions in over 25 countries, and FPB houses one of only 10 World Health Organization Collaborating Centers in the country.

As dean, I'm planning to preserve the long-standing, time-honored traditions and values of this school, while at the same time preparing the nurses of tomorrow for ever-changing health care needs. The culture of innovation and impact remain intact. As a home to many firsts, we offer many specialty programs unique to FPB. A nationally recognized leader in the development of nursing science, the FPB School of Nursing is an institution we are all proud to call our own.

I invite you to learn more about us from the University’s Visitors page, and contact us should you have any further questions. We appreciate you taking the time to visit.

Mary E. Kerr, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean and May L. Wykle Endowed Professor

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