Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support


During the 1995-1997 biennium, Melanie C. Dreher, president of STTI, appointed the Deans’ Task Force to recommend strategies for orienting, involving, and recognizing nursing program administrators for their support and effort in promulgating the honor society’s mission and goals. The 1997-1999 Deans’ Task Force further explored how the organization could better support nursing program administrators to develop and strengthen their support of chapters and work at the regional and global levels. In order to provide recognition, this task force recommended the creation of the Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support, which was approved by the Board of Directors in September of 1999. The award was named after Dr. Dreher because she is an outstanding example of a dean who “lives” her commitment to STTI. In creating this award, the task force stressed that the support of deans in the success of local chapters cannot be underestimated, and there are a number of deans whose contributions have gone beyond normal expectations.

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Past Award Recipients


2015 Award Recipient

Patrick R. Coonan, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, FACHE
Dean and Professor
Adelphi University, College of Nursing and Public Health
New York, USA
Alpha Omega Chapter #046

Dr. Patrick Coonan is the inaugural Dean at the College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York and has an extensive and comprehensive history in nursing leadership and education. He has held senior administrative positions at educational institutions and major medical centers in the New York metropolitan area and in addition to academic administration, has been the Chief Nurse Executive of an academic medical center, a multi facility health system and a teaching community hospital. His previous academic experience includes administrative and teaching positions at Columbia, Rutgers, Long Island and Pace Universities, where he developed technology enhanced learning and community based clinics, as well as teaching management, informatics, critical care, and emergency nursing. He has written and presented on numerous management and leadership topics, technology implementation, educational partnerships, program development, measurement and evaluation of education, and health care system operations.  

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