Maria Vezina ’73 Named Hartwick College Trustee

Hartwick College has named Maria Vezina ’73 of New York City to its Board of Trustees. Vezina, vice president of nursing/chief nursing officer at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Hospital in New York City, is one of three new members to join the 26-person board.

“Strategic Board governance is key to organizational success,” said Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich. “Hartwick’s Board is comprised of experienced individuals with a diverse array of experiences in industry, finance, marketing, banking, healthcare, education, law, and various non-profit enterprises. The Board’s decisions propel the College toward its future. We are very glad to have this opportunity to work closely with Maria as we focus on the preparation of Hartwick’s students for successful professional careers.”

Dr. Vezina has worked for The Mount Sinai Hospital since 1982 in a variety of capacities, including coordinator of special projects; assistant director of nursing education; director of nursing education; and senior director of nursing education, recruitment, research and professional practice.

She is also a scholar, having served on the nursing faculty of Lehman College for five years and currently is faculty in the Department of Geriatrics for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has written numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles on topics such as staff development in elder care, advanced practice nursing and concept-based learning. Dr. Vezina is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Greater New York and national Organization of Nursing Executives, Teachers College, Columbia University Nursing Education Alumnae Association and a fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.

“My Hartwick experience was one of creativity and expansion,” Dr. Vezina said. “Although nursing is a demanding major, exposure to a full liberal arts program engages education at the highest level from trips to Pine Lake, to sports, to opportunities of the then intersession three week semester where I could create my own ‘class!’ I thank President Drugovich and the Board of Trustees for inviting me to join the Board to give back and to exchange ideas with such an inspiring learning community.”

Dr. Vezina earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hartwick in 1973. She later earned a masters of arts in nursing from New York University; a master’s of education in communications and instructional media from Teacher’s College, Columbia University; and her doctorate in education in nursing from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Prior to working at The Mount Sinai Hospital, she worked as nursing faculty at Lehman College/CUNY and as a staff nurse at New York Hospital in New York City, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ, and Albany Medical Center.

For more information on the Hartwick College Board of Trustees, please visit the website or contact Senior Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary Kerri Green at greenk2@hartwick.edu or (607) 431-4162.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:        lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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