Linfield College names new Dean of Nursing

Mallie KozyMary (Mallie) A. Kozy has been named dean of the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing, according to Susan Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for Academic Affairs and dean of faculty at Linfield College.

“We are delighted to welcome such an outstanding nurse educator to lead our School of Nursing,” Agre-Kippenhan said. “Mallie is both exceptionally capable and extremely approachable. She will be a great asset to Linfield College and the community.”

Kozy has more than 30 years in the nursing profession including 18 years in nursing education. She has served as chair of undergraduate nursing studies at Lourdes University in Ohio since 2008. She previously taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at the Medical University of Ohio College of Nursing, focusing on mental health and HIV psychiatric nursing. There, she was twice honored for excellence in teaching. She has experience in public health and community care, and is board certified as an adult psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist. In addition, she has maintained a small practice focusing on women recovering from domestic violence.

During her tenure at Lourdes University, the student pass rate for licensing exams has been above 90 percent, and student retention rates and employment rates for graduates remain high. One of her key accomplishments was a pre-licensure curriculum overhaul, which has been recognized for its innovation by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The curriculum also served as a basis for a Nursing Education Practice Quality and Retention Grant.

Kozy said she was attracted to Linfield because of its small size and focus, and the innovative ways faculty have approached education.

“A liberal arts school with a professional program is an ideal environment in which to educate nurses,” said Kozy. “During my campus visit, the term ‘community’ was used time and again, and that was very important to me. I found Linfield students to be strong advocates for their education, and faculty are passionate about nursing, students and quality education.

“I am excited about the role nurses take in health care and that accounts for a lot of the energy and dedication I put toward my work,” she added. “Linfield has an excellent reputation and has demonstrated innovation. I’m looking forward to building on these strengths.”

Kozy has a bachelor’s in nursing from Duke University, a master’s from the Medical College of Ohio (now University of Toledo) and a Ph.D. in nursing from Duquesne University.

The dean of nursing oversees Linfield’s School of Nursing in Portland, with an enrollment of 391 undergraduate students, 158 enrolled in the online RN to BSN program, and a full-time faculty of 29. The Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing was established in 1982 when the college entered into an agreement with Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing, expanding the hospital’s diploma program that was established in 1890. It is the oldest school of nursing in the Northwest.

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