Lisa OConnor

NORTH HAVEN : Lisa G. O’Connor of East Haddam has been appointed Dean, of the School of Nursing at Quinnipiac University, O’Connor had been associate dean.

“Lisa O’Connor is highly qualified to lead the School of Nursing, which plays such an important role in preparing undergraduate and graduate health care professionals who go on to affect so many lives each day,” according to the University’s executive vp and provost Mark Thompson.

According to a University release, as dean, O’Connor “will oversee a school that enrolls 700 students in its undergraduate programs and 300 students in its graduate programs. The School of Nursing, which has 40 full-time faculty and staff members, offers an undergraduate bachelor of nursing degree as well as accelerated bachelor of nursing and online RN-to-BSN programs. On the graduate level, the school offers an online graduate RN-to-MSN program and a master’s degree in nursing operational leadership. It also has three post-bachelor doctor of nurse practice programs in adult gerontology, family nurse practitioner and nurse anesthesia as well as two post-master’s DNP programs in care of populations and nursing leadership.”

O’Connor has been a member of the School of Nursing faculty since 2003. During her 15-year career at Quinnipiac, she earned subsequent appointments as director and chair of the undergraduate nursing programs and ultimately was promoted to associate and full professor. In addition, she has served as a faculty senator and as an active member of the university education committee, university assessment committee, and several other interprofessional committees and work groups.

O’Connor has a doctorate in educational leadership, a master’s degree in nursing education and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Hartford. She also has a diploma from the Ona Wilcox School of Nursing at Middlesex Hospital.