Dr. H. Michael Dreher Named Dean of the School of Nursing


The College of New Rochelle announces the appointment of Dr. H. Michael Dreher as Dean of the School of Nursing.

On announcing the appointment, Judith Huntington, President of The College of New Rochelle, said, “A seasoned professional with a strong record of leadership, Dr. Dreher’s unique background in undergraduate and graduate education, program development, integration of care technology, and online learning will greatly enhance our many School of Nursing programs.”

MediaLibrary#7329Dr. Dreher has worked in the field of nursing for thirty years, and at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions in Philadelphia for the past seventeen years.  At Drexel, he served as Associate Director of BSN Programs and Director of MSN Programs. As the founding Chair of the Doctoral Nursing Department, Dr. Dreher developed one of the first Doctor of Nursing Practice programs in the country in 2005. This program prepared doctoral advanced nursing practice clinical scholars and included the first mandatory doctoral nursing study abroad program in the U.S.   

A graduate of the University of South Carolina (AS, BSN, MN), Dr. Dreher received his PhD in Nursing Science from Widener University.  He continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology, School of Medicine and School of Nursing, specializing in sleep in medical and psychiatric illness. He has been funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for American Nurses, and various other agencies.

On his appointment to The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing Dr. Dreher commented, ”I am honored to be appointed the sixth Dean. The healthcare landscape is rapidly changing. To improve health outcomes and better serve diverse populations, our nation’s nursing schools need to innovate more to help bring greater access to health care for those who still might remain underserved despite healthcare reform. The School’s particular commitment to health and healing further distinguishes us, and I am confident we can increase our impact both regionally and nationally.”    

Dr. Dreher regularly contributes to scholarly publications on advanced practice doctoral nursing education and has co-authored three books, including Philosophy of Science for Nursing Practice (with Michael Dahnke) which received a 5-Star Doody Review in 2011 and was selected as a Core Doody Title 2011-2013; and two first place American Journal of Nursing Books of the Year: Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice (2011, with Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow) and Legal Issues Confronting Today’s Nursing Faculty (2012, with Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow & Toby Oxholm, III). Dr. Dreher is an Associate Editor for Clinical Scholars Review: The Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice and edits a column on practice evidence.  He is well known as a national and international scholar on the professional/practice doctorate and was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in 2012, for outstanding achievements in the discipline.  

The School of Nursing, which educates both women and men, is widely recognized for its outstanding curriculum and quality education in both its undergraduate and graduate programs. The School offers a four-year BSN program, accelerated BSN programs for RNs and for those with degrees in other fields, as well as a graduate program for nurses seeking to advance their careers. Students gain strong clinical experience through the School’s collaborative relationships with over 100 of the most sophisticated healthcare institutions in the New York metropolitan area, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center, Our Lady Mercy Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Association, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, and Jack D. Weiler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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