After a nationwide search that included many well-qualified candidates from around the country, Fairfield announced this spring that Lynn Babington, Ph.D., formerly assistant dean of graduate programs at Boston’s Northeastern University, has been selected to take the helm of the School of Nursing. Dr. Babington fills a position most recently held by longstanding faculty member Dr. Suzanne Campbell, who was asked to lead the school after the ten-year governance of Dr. Jeanne Novotny.
In her academic leadership positions at Northeastern, Dr. Babington led the development of the Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) program and served as its first director. During the process, she worked collaboratively with colleagues in academia and nursing service and across disciplines within the university. She chaired the Ph.D. in Nursing committee as the University launched that program. Before joining Northeastern, she founded the Health Services Partnership to provide medical management services to community health centers in Boston, Mass.
Last summer, Dr. Babington spent six weeks in Israel on a Fulbright scholarship as an advisor to the ministry of health as it works to create the country’s first doctoral of nursing program. She has traveled regularly to the Dominican Republic as the president of the non-profit Intercultural Nursing, Inc., an organization that provides sustainable health care to rural areas on the western frontier. Nurses and graduate nursing students spend two weeks conducting clinics to underserved populations.
“I am excited to join Fairfield University and to have the privilege of leading the School of Nursing,” said Dr. Babington, who earned a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Nursing from the University of Washington. “The School has a very strong faculty, all leaders in their respective fields and extremely committed to both education and following the Jesuit mission of providing services to the community.” As evidence, she cites the School’s ongoing commitments to the Bridgeport Health Center, the programs in Nicaragua, and the national recognition Fairfield received as one of the first schools to receive the VA Academy grant.
University President Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., thanked Dr. Campbell for her leadership this past year. “Fairfield has been very well served in the interim by the dedicated work of Dr. Suzanne Campbell as acting dean,” he said. “Far from being a caretaker, she has advanced the agenda of the School and engaged the commitment of its stakeholders by her own infectious enthusiasm.”
Looking ahead, Dr. Babington sees great opportunities for Fairfield’s School of Nursing to create synergies between nursing and business and engineering. “We can capitalize on the strengths of each of these disciplines and create centers of education, practice and research,” she said.
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