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Regis Board Elects New Chair person

December 13, 2010

Weston, MA. - The Regis College Board of Trustees has elected Donna M. Norris, MD, of Wellesley its next chair, effective immediately.

A practitioner of child, adolescent, adult and forensic psychiatry, Norris is Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard University Medical School and a consultant for the Probate and Family Courts. Dr. Norris is immediate Past President of the Norfolk District of the Mass Medical Society, Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Mass Psychiatric Society, and a board member of the Mass Children's Trust Fund. She has been a member of the Regis College Board since 2008 and will begin her second term on the Board in January, 2011.

"It is an honor to be elected Chair of the Board," said Norris, "and to have this opportunity to help advance the mission of Regis College. I am eager to work with Board colleagues, faculty and staff to strengthen the heritage of excellence the founding Sisters of St. Joseph have given a growing Regis."

A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Dr. Norris took her medical degree at Ohio State University in 1969. Affiliated with Massachusetts Mental Health/Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, since 2005 she has also served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Children's Trust Fund and as a Member of the Medical Malpractice Tribunal in the Superior Court, Middlesex County. Norris has worked in various leadership capacities in the American Psychiatric Association, most recently as Secretary-Treasurer (2006-08). She is currently editing a book on the lives of women psychiatrists.

"I am thrilled at the selection of Dr. Norris to lead the Regis Board," said outgoing chair Ellen M. O'Connor, a Regis alumna, class of 1967, who is Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration at University of Massachusetts in Boston. "Donna has been an active, astute participant in Board decision-making," she continued, "and is well prepared to guide the College toward completion of its transformative case for growth."

Regis College president, Mary Jane England, MD, noted, "I have known and respected Donna Norris for her professional insight and integrity" for two decades. "It was a privilege to serve with Donna on the blue-ribbon Commission for the Protection of Children in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002 and then to work with her on the Regis Board during my presidency. I am encouraged that her leadership will continue to build the future of the College as a multigenerational and multicultural learning community in an increasingly global greater Boston."

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences and the School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 17 undergraduate majors; 30 minors; 10 interdisciplinary pathways toward professional success; and master’s degree programs in education, communication, health administration, health product regulation, and nursing, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The College is listed by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. With a strategic graduate focus on health care, Regis College was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League of Nursing. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors.
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