JCNE Advisor Dr. Claire Fagin Awarded Honorary Doctorate from New York University

New York, NY -The Jonas Center of Nursing Excellence is pleased to announce that the work of Dr. Claire Fagin, Jonas Center Advisor and Dean Emerita of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, has been recognized by New York University (NYU) with an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The degree was presented to Dr. Fagin at NYU’s 179th commencement on Wednesday, May 18th. She is in good company; NYU awarded honorary degrees to President Bill Clinton; Clive Davis, Chief Creative Office of Sony Music Entertainment and music industry leader; and Ada Yonath, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and Director of the Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Dr. Fagin also received the NYU College of Nursing Helen Manzer Award and presented the keynote address at the College’s graduation ceremony.

An alumna and member of NYU College of Nursing’s Board of Advisors, Dr. Fagin is known for her work promoting access to health care and contributions to geriatric nursing research and has been at the leading edge of new developments in health care and nursing. As dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1992, she developed landmark education and research programs, a privately funded research center, and a PhD program. Dr. Fagin served as the Interim President of the University of Pennsylvania from July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994 – the first woman to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the University and the first woman to serve a term as Interim President of any Ivy League University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine, the Royal College of Nursing, and the American Academy of Nursing, and she was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in June 2010.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Fagin is being recognized this way by NYU. We are fortunate that she continues to share her unparalleled expertise and insights as we expand the reach of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence,” said Donald Jonas, co-founder of the Jonas Center.