Lienhard School of Nursing Dean Harriet R. Feldman Appointed Interim Provost of Pace University

Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman announced that Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and tenured professor of Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing since 1993, will assume the role of interim provost, effective August 1.

A collaborative leader and renowned expert in the field of nursing education, Feldman has testified before Congress, been honored for her grassroots political advocacy and written over 100 books, scholarly articles and editorials. A sought after speaker on health care and leadership, Feldman has presented at conferences worldwide.

NEW YORK, NY, July 6, 2010 – Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman has announced that Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and tenured professor of Pace’s Lienhard School of Nursing since 1993 who also served concurrently as interim dean of Pace’s School of Education (2006-10), will assume the role of interim provost, effective August 1.

“Harriet has been an invaluable member of this university, and we are grateful that she is willing to take on this responsibility until a permanent successor can be found,” said Friedman. “I know that with Harriet’s sure-handed guidance, the academic leadership is in place now to begin to make our new strategic plan’s vision – for Pace University to be considered among the very best at its mission – a reality.”

Feldman succeeds Dr. Geoffrey L. Brackett, who will be leaving Pace after 20 years (the last three as provost) to become executive vice president at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Friedman paid tribute to Brackett, saying: “Geoff will be missed. He has helped start us down a path that has led to some important new directions for the University. He has overseen academic renewal across several schools and the college and the hiring of dozens of new faculty, and has brought focus and discipline to the office of the provost through difficult times. He initiated several signature programs that have heightened national recognition for Pace.”  

“This is an exciting time at Pace,” Feldman said. “Just this past week we announced the addition of two exceptionally qualified new deans, Neil Braun for the Lubin School of Business and Andrea Spencer for the School of Education, along with Sheying Chen as the new associate provost. This past year we launched the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and formed a partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We had five Fulbright finalists and a winner from Lienhard. There is a great deal of momentum at Pace and I look forward to working with the president, deans, faculty, and staff to keep us moving in the right direction.”

Innovator, Researcher, Practitioner and Rainmaker

Feldman has testified in Congress and written numerous articles and letters to editors on nursing policy, becoming a nationally known figure both within her field and in the media. For her legislative work in addressing the nursing and nursing faculty shortage, she received the “STAR” award for grassroots political advocacy from the Association of American Colleges of Nursing.

She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and past editor of the journals Nursing Leadership Forum and Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice.

In the past decade, Feldman has edited or authored four award-winning books. Nurses in the Political Arena: The Public Face of Nursing (2000), with Sandra Lewenson, EdD, RN, FAAN, received an American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award and a Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Print Media Award. That was soon followed by The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education (2003), Educating Nurses for Leadership (2005, with Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN), and Teaching Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing (2006, with Rona F. Levin, PhD, RN), all three of which also received AJN Book of the Year Awards.

Lienhard holds the distinction of being among the first institutions in the nation to receive funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. Grants provided through this program are being used to increase the number of students enrolled in Lienhard’s accelerated baccalaureate nursing program, the Combined Degree Program (CDP).

In 2006, Feldman was principal author of both a $1.3 million Helene Fuld Health Trust grant to support career-change Bachelor of Science nursing students and a one-year residency program, in partnership with Health and Hospitals Corporation, and a $500,000 Helene Fuld Health Trust scholarship endowment. Also under her direction, in 2005, Lienhard led a consortium of health-related institutions in New York’s Hudson Valley that won a $1.03 million U.S. Labor Department grant. The funds provide monetary credits to healthcare facilities in exchange for loaning Master’s-prepared nurses to teach clinical courses, thereby making it possible to enroll greater numbers of nursing students.  

Feldman’s extensive professional memberships include the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (Board Member: 2003 to 2010); NY/NJ Nursing Spectrum Advisory Board (Board Member, 2002 – Present); Greater New York Organization of Nurse Executives (2001 to Present); and the Eastern Nursing Research Society (1991 to Present).

Prior to joining Pace, Feldman was Chair and Professor of the Department of Nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She started her teaching career at the State University of New York at Farmingdale and taught at Adelphi University. Her clinical appointments have included: Long Island College Hospital, North Shore Visiting Nurse Service, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Feldman received her BS and MS degrees in nursing from Adelphi University and her PhD in nursing science from New York University.  She and her husband live in Bellmore, New York.

A national search for a permanent provost will begin in the Fall, with a candidate to be announced in Spring 2011.  

On June 27, Pace announced three new additions to its academic leadership team effective July 1. Neil Braun, former president of NBC Television Network and CEO of Viacom Entertainment, and current CEO of The CarbonNeutral Company, is the new dean of the Lubin School of Business. Andrea (Penny) M. Spencer, PhD, the new dean of the School of Education, joined from Bank Street College where she was the associate dean for academic affairs. Sheying Chen, PhD, is the new associate provost, previously associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University, Southeast.

About Pace University: For more than 100 years, Pace University has been preparing students to become leaders in their fields. A private university, Pace provides an education that combines exceptional academics with professional experience and the New York advantage. Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and enrolls almost 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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