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Regis names new dean of School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions

May 31, 2011

Weston, MA. Outgoing Regis College President Mary Jane England, M. D., has announced the appointment of Associate Professor Penelope M. Glynn RN, ANP, PhD, as Dean of the Regis College School of Nursing, Sciences and Health Professions (SNSHP), effective July 1, 2011. The current dean of the School, Antoinette M. Hays, Ph.D., will become the new president of the College. Professor Glynn took her Ph. D. from Boston University in 1989 and has been a member of the Regis faculty since 2004, originally coordinating the Generic Master’s Program and then working as the Chairperson of the Post-Licensure Graduate Curriculum in SNSHP.

“I am pleased to be asked to take on this new challenge,” Glynn said, “and to put my skills to work in continuing to grow the Regis College School of Nursing, Science and Health Professions. I look forward to working with President –Elect Hays to advance the whole College, and with my counterpart, Dean Elizabeth Cawley, CSJ, Ph.D., of the School of Liberal Arts, Education and Social Sciences (SLAESS), and the faculty as we build for the future.”

Dr. England noted in her announcement that “Dr. Glynn has already demonstrated faculty leadership at Regis and brings insight gleaned from vast experience in multiple settings to her new post. Her expertise in assessment and measurement of outcomes is something the whole College needs.”

Well known and respected among Regis faculty across the College, Glynn has recently been working with colleagues to develop and implement a college-wide assessment program. At Regis she has, among other activities, also served on the Ad hoc College Governance Structure Committee and the Ad hoc College Core Curriculum Committee. Her work at the College has involved her closely with the College’s development of its excellent graduate programs in nursing and the health professions. Prior to coming to Regis Professor Glynn taught and held administrative positions at Boston College, Lesley University and Simmons College.

“Penny Glynn is a model of professional engagement in the continuing education required by rapidly growing fields in health, science and nursing,” said former Dean and President-Elect Antoinette Hays, Ph. D. “She is a well-known figure at professional conferences, most recently making presentations on evidence-based practice.” Glynn’s publications include essays on nursing practice, innovation, clinical excellence, professional development, and the evolution of primary care roles. Her most recent publication includes a chapter in Jean Watson’s new text, Measuring Caring: International Research on Caritas as Healing.

Since 1996 Dr. Glynn has been a member and officer of Sigma Theta Tau - Theta Chapter at Large and Sigma Theta Tau International, as well as the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing.

Among other aspects of community service, Professor Glynn is currently a member of the Nursing Research Committee, Caritas Norwood Hospital, where she serves as visiting scholar. Dr. Glynn is married and lives with her husband Richard in Sudbury, Massachusetts.


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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