College Announces New Academic Structure

BUFFALO, N.Y. -  Bassam M. Deeb, Ph.D., Trocaire College president, is pleased to announce the creation of a new academic structure at the college.  All for-credit academic programs will be housed in one of three divisions: McAuley School of Nursing, Division of Health Professions, and the Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies.

Trocaire has provided students an exceptional learning environment for the last 55 years.  This new academic structure and accompanying new dean positions has been put into effect in an effort to promote excellence in academic programs and stronger collaborations across all disciplines.

“This new academic model that we are announcing today was the result of several months of work by members of the academic administration and the faculty senate,” noted Deeb.  “The continued growth of our academic programs and on-going changes in the higher education environment necessitated a review of the academic structure.  I am happy to be announcing a change that is being embraced by all campus constituents.”

These divisions will be led by three new deans who collectively have 53 years of Trocaire experience.  Dr. Carol Fanutti has accepted the role of Dean of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing which includes three levels of nursing – Bachelor of Science (RN-to-BS), Associate degree and Practical Nursing certificate.  “I am looking forward to the challenge and opportunity to be a part of Trocaire’s future direction,” said Fanutti.  “My goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of our students.”

Dean Linda Kerwin, Ed.D. will oversee the Division of Health Professions which includes Medical Imaging (programs in radiologic technology, sonography and echocardiography), Wellness (programs in massage therapy and nutrition and dietetics) and the medical assisting and surgical technology programs.  Noted Kerwin, “I am both honored and inspired by my recent appointment as Dean of Health Professions at Trocaire.  It is essential for the College to continue to empower its students by creating and maintaining a pathway lined with integrity, knowledge, critical thinking and compassion – critical characteristics for students entering the workforce.”

 “I deeply appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given,” said Dr. Ryan Hartnett, Dean for the Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies.  “There are so many wonderful things happening at Trocaire and I am delighted to be a part of it.”   The Division of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies includes the liberal arts and sciences, Informatics (programs in computer network administration, healthcare informatics and health information technology) and the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business (programs in hospitality management and human resource management).

In their new role as dean, these three individuals will focus on issues including academic integrity, program curricula, accreditation, faculty development and new program development.  Considerable thought and consultation have gone into ensuring that Trocaire College has an academic structure that will move the college forward and support the teaching/learning environment and services our students require.

Dr. Richard Linn, who has recently been named vice president for academic affairs and planning, will have oversight responsibility for all three academic divisions.  In addition, Linn will coordinate college-wide planning initiatives and will oversee assessment and institutional research activities.  

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs.  Trocaire’s main campus is located at 360 Choate Avenue in Buffalo and the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business location is on Transit Road in Williamsville.

###