News / 08-02-2018
Galen College of Nursing Academic President Joan L. Frey Selected as Academy of Nursing Education Fellow

July 31, 2018 – Louisville, KY – Joan L. Frey, EdD, MSN, RN, ANEF, Academic President of Galen College of Nursing, is one of only fourteen distinguished nurse educators to be selected for induction into the 2018 class of the Academy of Nursing Education. The fellowship program is directed by the National League for Nursing (NLN), the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education.

The induction ceremony will take place at the NLN Honors Convocation on September 14 in Chicago during the 2018 NLN Education Summit.

“I am pleased to be able to represent Galen College among this prestigious group of educators,” said Dr. Frey. “As nurse educators and leaders, we must be at the forefront of innovation to meet the complex and ever-evolving needs of the health care industry. I look forward to collaborating with my esteemed colleagues to advance higher education for nurses.”

The NLN Academy of Nursing Education fosters excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals in and outside the profession who have contributed to nursing education in sustained and significant ways. Fellows are expected to provide visionary leadership in nursing education and in the Academy.

Frey was selected for the fellowship through a competitive application process. The Academy of Nursing Education Review Panel recommends candidates to the NLN Board of Governors, the oversight body for the academy. Evaluations consider applicants’ contributions to innovative teaching and/or learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development activities; academic leadership; promotion of public policy that advances nursing education; and/or collaborative educational, practice, or community partnerships.

Frey received a Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership from Ashland University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana. After an extensive career in practice as a staff nurse, unit manager, and Nursing Director, she joined Galen College as Dean of the Louisville Campus in 2008 and was named Academic President in 2017. In her capacity as Academic President, Frey provides oversight to the multi-state, single-purpose college with responsibility for all academic programs.

“Dr. Frey has been instrumental in developing a supportive learning culture across all of our campuses and programs,” said Mark Vogt, Chief Executive Officer for Galen College. “This recognition not only honors Dr. Frey’s commitment to excellence in nursing education, but also the positive outcomes she facilitates for our students. We’re thrilled that her expertise and leadership in nursing education have been recognized in this way.”

Founded over 25 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nursing (PN/VN), associate and baccalaureate degree nursing programs to over 5,000 students on its campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., Cincinnati, Ohio, along with an Online Campus. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit