Paula Milone-Nuzzo, PhD, RN, FHHC, FAAN, has been named the sixth president of the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) – an independent graduate school founded by the MGH and the only degree-granting affiliate of Partners HealthCare – following an extensive nationwide search. Milone-Nuzzo succeeds Janis P. Bellack, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, who has led the college for the last decade.

Milone-Nuzzo, who also will hold the academic appointment of John Hilton Knowles Professor, spent the past 14 years in leadership roles at the College of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University, serving as dean and professor since 2008. She is a nationally recognized nursing leader who is credited with leading the college to new heights in research activity
and academic reputation.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to provide leadership to the MGH Institute of Health Professions,” says Milone-Nuzzo, who will assume the presidency on Aug. 15. “The focus on interprofessional education and practice and team science has positioned the Institute to be a leader in the improvement of health care. I look forward to working with the IHP community in creating that future.”

The IHP has seen exponential growth over the past decade. The student population has grown from 850 to more than 1,600; the faculty has doubled; and the school’s footprint in the Charlestown Navy Yard has expanded from 65,000 square-feet to 160,000 square-feet. The IHP has significantly expanded its research activities – including opening a dedicated on-campus research facility – and has launched several new programs, including a Doctor of Occupational Therapy, a Master of Physician Assistant Studies and its first doctorate program focused on Rehabilitation Sciences.

Milone-Nuzzo received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Boston College, Master of Science in Nursing in Community Health Nursing and Education from the University of Connecticut and doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut. Prior to Penn State, Milone-Nuzzo was associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Nursing Management and Policy at Yale University School of Nursing and served on the nursing faculty of Southern Connecticut State University.

“Dr. Milone-Nuzzo’s national reputation as a collaborative program builder and as a recognized leader in helping to shape health professions education makes her the ideal choice to lead the IHP into a new era,” says George E. Thibault, MD, chair of the IHP Board of Trustees and president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.

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