Dawn Joy Named to Head Nursing School at Gannon University

Posted: May 8, 2017

Gannon University announces the appointment of Dawn Coburn Joy, Ph.D., RN, CNE as director of Gannon University's Villa Maria School of Nursing. In this position, she has oversight and advanced planning responsibilities in the areas of faculty and student development, scholarship and research for the School, which is a part of the University's Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

Dawn had served an Interim Director since July 2016, and was permanently appointed in January 2017.

She is a graduate of the former Villa Maria College in Erie, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with an English concentration and of the Master of Science in Nursing program at West Virginia University. She was awarded her Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership from Gannon University.

Joy has a diverse background of experience in higher education, health care and the private sector. Most recently she returned to teach at the Villa Maria School of Nursing in 2012, and had previously served Gannon University as faculty in the Master of Public Administration program.

Before beginning her academic career, Joy had served for 10 years as assistant vice president of Hamot Health Foundation, located in Erie, Pennsylvania.
For the past 20 years, Joy has been the leader of a consulting firm providing expertise in learning and development strategies to organizations in health care, higher education, marketing and other industry sectors.

In service to her profession and community, Joy is a Board member of the board of the Rotary Club of Erie, a member of the Pennsylvania Organization for Nurse Leaders and serves on the public and professional affairs committee of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Nursing Schools. She is also a Past President of the American College of Health Care Executives.

"I am so very honored to serve and give back to a school that provided me with the excellent career foundation I have been fortunate enough to have experienced," Joy said of her appointment. 

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