Claire M. Fagin
Dr. Claire M. Fagin became dean in 1977 and set the school on a course of research and clinical development. She developed landmark education programs, including the Doctor of Nursing Science, the first nursing doctorate in the Ivy League, and a PhD program. She opened the first privately funded center for nursing research in the country in 1980, drawing millions of dollars in external grants. Under her leadership, Penn Nursing had more faculty in the American Academy of Nursing and the Institute of Medicine than any other nursing school. She established some of the first endowed chairs for nursing, dual degrees and minors, and the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing. She supported faculty as they cracked such barriers as getting grants from the National Institutes of Health and publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. A Living Legend in the American Academy of Nursing and inducted to the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame, Dr. Fagin challenged paradigms and opened new frontiers to nursing students, practitioners, and scientists. In addition to her deanship, Dr. Fagin served as the interim president of the University of Pennsylvania from July 1, 1993, to June 30, 1994.