Institute Leadership

Mary Lee Pollard, PhD, RN, CNE

Dean, School of Nursing
Excelsior College

Mary Lee PollardDr. Mary Lee Pollard is the dean of the School of Nursing at Excelsior College. In this role, she assures that a high quality, affordable, and accessible education is provided annually to approximately 19,000 undergraduate and graduate nursing students nationwide. Under her direction, Excelsior’s School of Nursing graduates an average of 1,900 students per year, advancing health care throughout the U.S. Pollard is an expert in competency-based nursing education, and in recognition of her skillful program management has served as a panelist in forums hosted by the Center for American Progress and the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning, and has provided presentations on the topic at national conferences.

Barbara B. Pieper, PhD, RN

Director, Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence
Associate Dean, School of Nursing
Excelsior College

Barbara PieperDr. Barbara B. Pieper has been affiliated with Excelsior College for over 28 years.

As a founding faculty member of the School of Health Sciences, Dr. Pieper was instrumental in the development of the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor in Health Care Management degree programs.

She has also served as project manager for the Emerson Foundation grant to design and implement a series of media-rich continuing education modules for a consortium of nursing homes and hospitals in Central New York. She earned a BS in Nursing/Science from State University of New York at Albany, an MN in Community Health Teaching from the University of Kansas, a PhD in Nursing Theory from Adelphi University, and a post doctoral certificate from Harvard Medical School in Palliative Care Education and Practice.