Message from the Chair

Dear Colleagues:

I could not be more pleased to be the incoming chairperson of Fairfield University's School of Nursing Advisory Board. Nancy Lynch's achievements for the past seven years as Advisory Board Chair have been monumental. Nancy, together with the former dean, Jeanne Novotny, initiated and built the Advisory Board which has flourished from 2002 until present day. In 2011, Dr. Novotny and Nancy Lynch both decided it was time to pass the baton to new leadership. With newly appointed Dean Lynn Babington at the helm and my new role as Advisory Board Chair, we will continue to build upon the School's strong foundation and continue to develop the vision to meet the changing needs in the healthcare field.

Serving on the School of Nursing Advisory Board since its inception has been an incredible period of growth and personal development for me. I have met and worked with the most incredible and dynamic leaders who serve on this board. Each member brings individual talents to the table and is as passionate and excited about the emerging role of nursing as I am. The board is made up of eighteen members and all share their devotion and enthusiasm for the future of nursing and its vitally important role within our healthcare system.

In ten short years, the School of Nursing has grown from a small undergraduate and graduate program with an enrollment of 207 to a vibrant School with a state-of-the-art facility admitting the most exceptional students into its highly competitive program that now includes not only undergraduate but graduate advance practice nursing practitioners, nurse anesthetists and the newly launched Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. During the past ten years, enrollment has increased 173% to a total of 566 undergraduate and graduate students. The School’s faculty have received numerous grants, national awards and have published over 125 articles and research papers in worldwide publications since 2008.

Under the leadership of Dr. Lynn Babington, the SON Advisory Board will continue to evolve. Our focus in the new academic year will be on a global level - using the most innovative approaches to prepare our graduates to become cutting edge nurse leaders. It is through research, publishing and excellence in education that will enable Fairfield University's School of Nursing to stay abreast of the changes within the health care field all of which are a part of Jesuit values and mission.

I am so proud to be a part of this incredible program and Advisory Board. The School of Nursing faculty are among the finest in the nation. Fairfield University's progressive attitude towards educational excellence and continued achievement in global stewardship is to be admired. It is an exciting time for Fairfield University's School of Nursing, and I am honored and delighted to be a part of it.


Robin Kanarek '96
Chair, School of Nursing Advisory Board