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
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
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