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Nursing Professor Appointed New Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. JoAnn Gleeson-Kreig, professor of nursing and former chair of the nursing department, has been appointed the new associate vice president for academic affairs.

Gleeson-Kreig joined the nursing faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh in 1997 after a career that included working as a staff nurse with a specialty in medical-surgical and intensive care nursing at CVPH Medical Center. She received her Ph.D. in nursing science from the University of Connecticut. Her research focused on care for type 2 diabetes and nursing education. 

She serves on the board of directors for both the University of Vermont Health Network Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital and the Behavioral Health Services North.

‘Wealth of Experience’

In addition to instructing legions of future nurses at SUNY Plattsburgh, “she brings a wealth of experience to this position in assessment, academic program development and accreditation,” said Dr. James Liszka, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

She was coordinator for the successful re-accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and was a member of the Middle States Steering Committee for the 2013 visit to SUNY Plattsburgh.

Gleeson-Kreig has served for 10 years on the General Education Committee, four of which as chair, Liszka said.

She is also currently coordinating assessment of general education in her role as provost fellow. As chair, she facilitated the development of the RN-to-BSN program as separate from the prelicensure program and an RN-to-BSN program at the SUNY Plattsburgh branch campus in Queensbury.

In addition, she was instrumental in creating a program that allows registered nurses who are already working at CVPH to take additional courses on the hospital campus after their work day is completed to earn a bachelor’s in nursing degree. The first cohort of students in the program are graduating this month.

New Master of Science in Nursing

Gleeson-Kreig also was behind the proposal for a Master of Science in Nursing adult-gerontology nurse practitioner program, which recently has been approved by SUNY.

Gleeson-Kreig, who will continue to teach a course in the nursing department, will begin the new position Sept. 2. She steps into the role following former Associate Provost Steven Light’s return to the faculty.

“When I considered the responsibilities associated with the position, I believed it was a good fit with my skills, interests and abilities,” Gleeson-Kreig said. “I like to solve problems to make things better. I am committed to student success and feel this role will give me another way to contribute to that goal.”

Assessment of Student Outcomes

As the provost’s assessment fellow, Gleeson-Kreig was involved with assessment of student-learning outcomes in the general education program.

“Within that role, I have sought out additional information about best practices for assessment. I am excited to put some of that into action,” she said. 

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