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Penn Nursing Alumna Eileen Sullivan-Marx Named President-Elect for the American Academy of Nursing

Eileen Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, and current Dean and Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing, was named President-Elect for the American Academy of Nursing.

She will serve in the role from 2017 to 2019 and will transition to the role of the Academy’s president in 2019 for a two-year term. 

The elections were announced this weekend at the American Academy of Nursing’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Nurses are uniquely positioned to address the critical needs and concerns of patients across the country and the world—and do so every day,” said Sullivan-Marx.  “It is an honor and privilege to serve the Academy and I look forward to working with all of the fellows to advance our field and patient-centered care.”

The American Academy of Nursing serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of nursing knowledge. The Academy’s more than 2,400 members, known as fellows, are nursing’s most accomplished leaders in education management, practice, and research. The Academy is governed by a 10-member board of directors, including the president and president-elect, who are elected by the fellows.

Karen Cox, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, FACHE, FAAN, ‎executive vice president and chief operating officer of ‎Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, assumed the presidency this year.

“The Academy will benefit greatly from Dean Sullivan-Marx’s leadership and vision. She has been on the board of directors previously and co-leads the Edge Runner National Advisory Council, which is a signature program of the Academy highlighting nurse-designed models of care. I am thrilled to be working with her,” said Cox, 2017-2019 Academy President.

Sullivan-Marx received her BSN and PhD from Penn Nursing in addition to a diploma from HUP.