News Fall O’Connor Chair Lecture Features A New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author

September 28, 2023

At 7 p.m. Friday, October 6, Lee Woodruff, journalist, author and public speaker, will deliver the fall A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Chair Lecture in theLee Woodruff, Hartwick College Nursing Department O'Connor Lecturer speaker Anderson Theater in the Anderson Center for the Arts.

Woodruff will discuss “Keeping Humanity in Healthcare,” revealing what she learned as an advocate and caregiver for her husband, Bob Woodruff after he was severely injured covering the Iraq War as an ABC News anchor. Her relationship with nurses forged an understanding of their role as critical links to patients and families. Woodruff’s talk will cover how nurses are the heart and soul of the healthcare system in every way, bringing the human experience and elements to healing.

Woodruff spent her career in media and marketing. A contributor to the television series, “CBS This Morning,” she has also reported for “Good Morning America” and hosted various radio shows. Woodruff runs a media training and communications consulting business, helping prepare people for various external-facing situations.

She garnered critical acclaim for her best-selling book, In an Instant,” a compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery. Woodruff followed it up with a second best-seller, Perfectly Imperfect.

As co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, she has helped to raise more than $90 million to help military veterans, caregivers and their families successfully reintegrate into their communities and receive critical long-term care.

The O’Connor Chair Lecture is free and open to the public. It will also be live-streamed and available on the website at

Sophomore, junior and senior nursing students must attend the lecture in Anderson Theater. First-year nursing students will view the talk via live stream in Shineman Chapel House. All nursing students must bring their ID and sign in with a School of Nursing representative.

Hartwick College Nursing Chair and Clinical Associate Professor Patricia Grust will host the event. President Darren Reisberg will also offer remarks, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Kathleen Ash will moderate the discussion.

The O’Connor Chair Lecture series is endowed by the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation of Delhi, NY. It is designed to provide nursing students and guests an opportunity to learn about the issues facing experienced professionals from all aspects of nursing and related fields.

For more information, contact Academic Affairs Liaison to Nursing Geneen Bolton at or (607) 431-4790.