Today Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 12

Lasting Legacy Andrea Hollingsworth, PhD, RN has been at the helm of Gwynedd Mercy University's Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions since 2001. D uring her tenure as Dean, the School has seen transformational growth and continued its reputation as a trailblazer in nursing and healthcare education. Dr. Hollingsworth's experience as a nurse and educator spans more than 40 years, starting out as a nurse caring for mothers and infants at local hospitals before turning to higher education. She was a faculty member at several institutions and served as the director of the undergraduate program at Villanova University for 10 years prior to joining GMercyU. As her time at GMercyU comes to an end, we sat down with Dr. Hollingsworth to reflect back on her experience. What first attracted you to Gwynedd Mercy University? I had always known of GMercyU’s program through my colleagues that were working here. As a matter of fact, my best friend was a faculty member. I often came and did guest lectures A look back at Dean Hollingsworth’s tenure… 2 1 2009 1 2001 Named Dean of the School of Nursing Mr. and Mrs. Maguire announce their $5 million gift to the program, the largest-ever alumni gift. The School of Nursing is officially named the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing, making it GMercyU’s first endowed school. 2 10 TODAY 3 GMercyU celebrates the nursing program’s 50th anniversary. 2012 The Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and the School of Allied Health Professions consolidate to become the Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions. 2013 GMercyU is approved to offer its first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. 3