Gannon Announces Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Posted: February 26, 2013

Carolynn Masters, Ph.D., RN, has been named Gannon University’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, the University announced.

Masters, who joined Gannon in 2000, had served as dean of Gannon’s Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences since 2008.

“I’m very grateful for the continued faith and confidence of Dr. Taylor, and I feel truly blessed to be part of the University – it’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with our outstanding students, faculty, and staff,” Masters said. “I’m excited about the wonderful opportunity to make meaningful contributions and to further Gannon’s upward momentum during what promises to be an exciting and accomplished time in the University’s history.

“I believe in Gannon; its mission, its Catholic identity, and its strong commitment to liberal education,” she added.

Masters’ appointment is one of several recent changes in Gannon University’s academic leadership team.

Dr. Rick Diz, chair of the University’s environmental science and engineering department, will serve as interim dean of the College of Engineering and Business. Diz was one of the two recipients of Gannon’s prestigious Cooney-Jackman Endowed Professorships.

Michele Roth-Kauffman, chair of the physician assistant program, will serve as interim dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

More about Dr. Carolynn Masters 

As dean of the Morosky College, Masters had oversight of its nine health professions programs, including medical technology, nursing, nutrition and human performance, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant, radiological sciences, respiratory care, and sport and exercise science; three science programs, including biology, chemistry, and physics; and the University’s pre-professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, chiropractic, dental, optometry, podiatry, and veterinary medicine.

After having served as an associate professor and as director of Gannon University’s Villa Maria School of Nursing, Masters in 2006 was named dean of Gannon’s College of Sciences, Engineering, and Health Sciences. The Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences subsequently was created as a result of Gannon University’s transition from two undergraduate academic colleges to three.

Masters graduated from Carlow College (now Carlow University) with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree and earned a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in nursing from Duquesne University.

She is active in the Erie community, serving as president of the Board of the Northwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC). She also has been a member of UPMC Hamot Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) since 2001.

In addition, Masters serves as a member of UPMC Hamot Medical Center’s Board of Trustees, the Hamot Health Foundation Board of Directors, and the Erie County Board of Health.