Chiverton Plans to Step Down as Dean of UR School of Nursing

August 28, 2007

UR School of Nursing Dean Patricia Chiverton

Patricia A. Chiverton, Ed.D., R.N., F.N.A.P., dean and professor at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and vice president of Strong Health Nursing, will step down at the end of this academic year, University of Rochester Medical Center CEO Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D. has announced. A search committee, chaired by University Provost Ralph Kuncl, is being formed to choose her successor.

Guided by a strategic plan developed to turnaround sagging enrollment and unhealthy financials, Chiverton’s eight-year tenure as dean has been marked by a number of changes and innovations at the School of Nursing.  In addition to the launch of new and improved program offerings, including a one-year accelerated program for non-nurses, the school’s total enrollment has increased by more than 100 students, the faculty body has grown significantly, and the school’s budget has nearly doubled.  In addition, last year the school completed an $8.1 million renovation and expansion project—the first in its history.   The school’s prominence nationally has also been enhanced considerably as evidenced in part by its climbing from 28th to 12th in the national ranks of nursing schools receiving National Institutes of Health grants. 

“Pat’s tenure as Dean truly represents a great renaissance for nursing education at Rochester and her contributions have had an enormous reach,” said Berk.  “She has always struck a balance between running the day-to-day operations of the school while at the same time never straying from her vision to enhance nursing education both nationally and internationally. She has built a strong framework for the school to continue to turn out the very best nurses and educators for years to come.” 

Chiverton has led the charge to successfully launch and run new businesses within the practice mission of the School of Nursing.  The Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship (CNE), the first of its kind in the world, grew out of this effort and has had a significant impact on the school’s success. In May she was named the University’s first Pamela York Klainer Endowed Chair in Nursing Entrepreneurship and after a one-year sabbatical will return to the University as a faculty member in the CNE. 

“Pat is truly a 21st century dean,” said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. “In addition to being an accomplished educator, skilled clinician and administrator, she is a strong advocate for the entire nursing profession.  Her focus on nursing entrepreneurship created a unique niche for the school and an excitement among nurses in Rochester and beyond. We are very fortunate to have her continue her work as an endowed chair.”

“I am honored to lead the committee tasked with conducting this important search,” said Kuncl.  “We’re looking for the individual who will continue the tremendous momentum Pat has started. It will be a challenge to find someone who can match her drive and creativity and create the next vision for the School of Nursing on the foundation she built.”

Chiverton has been a member of the School of Nursing Faculty since 1984 and has served the School in various capacities including: interim dean, associate dean for clinical affairs, CEO of the Community Nursing Center and interim chair for the health care services division.  She also served as the clinical chief of psychiatric mental health nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Chiverton is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the New York State Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau’s Epsilon Xi Chapter.  Throughout her career, she has also been the recipient of numerous awards and professional accolades, including most recently a National Academy of Practice Fellow and the Excellence in Leadership Award from the APNA. 

Chiverton earned her B.S.N. from Central Missouri University, her MS in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Rochester, and an Ed.D. from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. Her academic work has been published in more than 20 national peer-reviewed journals.

Information on the search committee, a job description and other related materials will be posted on the University Website in the coming weeks.

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