President's Report Masthead
June 30, 2015

Decker dean to return to faculty

Joyce Ferrario

Provost Donald Nieman has announced that after a decade of service as dean of the Decker School of Nursing, Joyce Ferrario will return to teaching and research on July 1, 2015.

“Under Joyce’s leadership, Decker has truly blossomed,” Nieman said. “She has been highly effective in growing graduate enrollment, securing external funding to support graduate students, increasing the size and quality of the faculty, and building strong relationships with the community.”
It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve as dean of the Decker School with its wonderful students, faculty and staff,” Ferrario said. “I’m looking forward to making new contributions to the school and professional nursing practice.”

Ferrario joined the Binghamton University faculty in 1985, after earning her PhD from Case Western Reserve University and holding faculty positions at California State University−Chico and the University of Rochester. In Decker, she served as graduate director and associate dean before being named dean in 2005. She was recognized with the University’s Outstanding Graduate Director Award for her work with graduate students.

In her decade as dean, graduate enrollment more than tripled, growing from 74 students in 2005 to over 200 in 2015. Ferrario has also been instrumental in securing significant external support for the Decker School from the Helene Fuld Health Trust Fund and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), expanding the school’s international footprint and developing a state-of-the-art simulation lab to enhance student training.

Nieman has named Associate Dean Pamela Stewart-Fahs to serve as interim dean while the University conducts a national search for Ferrario’s successor.