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Galen College of Nursing Names Dr. Joan Frey Academic President

Joan Frey

March 27, 2017 — Louisville, KY — Galen College of Nursing announced today that Joan Frey, EdD, MSN, BS has accepted the position of Academic President. Since 2008, Dr. Frey served as the Dean of Galen’s Louisville campus, having lead in the role of acting Academic President since May of 2016. As Galen’s Academic President, Dr. Frey will be 100% focused on developing and maintaining the critical resources necessary to continue the advancement of academic quality in support of Galen’s growing role in nursing education.

Dr. Frey brings a wealth of experience in nursing to Galen, from patient care as a staff nurse, unit manager, then Nursing Director, to her tenure in academia with 17 years at Aultman College of Nursing  Joining the college as adjunct faculty, she gradually took on more responsibility, eventually becoming the nursing college Director.  In her role as Director, she was instrumental in transitioning the 114-year old hospital-based education program to an accredited nursing program under the North Central Association and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. As Dean of the Louisville campus for 9 years, she was instrumental in building not only programmatic quality and growth but a culture of student-centered education which continues to thrive and evolve throughout the college.

Dr. Frey is also highly active in the nation’s largest nursing organization, the National League for Nursing (NLN). Since 1991, she has served in various capacities on committees ranging from public policy to finance, as well as elected positions on the NLN Board of Governors and NLN Excellence Awards Review Panel.

Her dedication to nursing and quality nursing education will be instrumental to guiding Galen’s academic present and future, as the school continues to expand access to quality nursing education and support the healthcare community across the country.

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 4,000 students on its campuses in Louisville, KY; San Antonio, TX; Tampa Bay, FL; Cincinnati, OH; 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


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