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Chaminade University Has Selected Its 10th President
DR. LYNN M. BABINGTON
10th PRESIDENT OF CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OF HONOLULU
Chaminade University's Board of Regents has announced the selection of Lynn M. Babington to serve as its 10th President. She will begin August 1, 2017 and succeed Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president since 2009.
Babington, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut, has held multiple leadership roles and is well regarded as an outstanding educator and academic thought leader.
"I am honored and humbled to be chosen as the new president for Chaminade University at such a pivotal time," said Babington. "I am deeply inspired by its heritage, holistic learning approach and dedication to the community. I look forward to working with the University's outstanding faculty and staff to help fully realize its mission."
Chaminade University's Board of Regents Chair Vaughn Vasconcellos remarked on Babington's extensive experience in healthcare and nursing, dedication to serving others and genuine warmth. "Her established record and blend of experience in the private sector and academic settings will serve us well. I am confident in Dr. Babington's ability to lead Chaminade into a future filled with promise and opportunity," he said.
"Chaminade is very fortunate to have Dr. Babington serve as its next leader," said Bro. Ploeger. "She brings both a passion for Catholic, Marianist higher education as well as a vision for new ways in which Chaminade may better serve our students and communities."
Babington will serve as Interim President of Fairfield University until June 30, 2017. Prior to her positions at Fairfield, Babington held leadership roles at Northeastern University from 2003 to 2011 and also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Ben Gurion University in Israel. A lifelong advocate of teaching and learning with extensive experience in garnering external support, Babington was selected in 2013 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow designed to nurture industry leaders in their efforts to improve the nation's health care system.
Babington earned her bachelor's degree (magna cum laude) from University of Michigan in nursing. She received her master's degree (MSN) and doctorate (PhD Nursing) from University of Washington.
Chaminade University of Honolulu offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, service and successful careers. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade's inclusive learning environment is committed to educating the whole person. Here you will find a diverse and inclusive setting where students of all faiths, or none at all, come together in the collective pursuit of a peaceful and just society.
Fairfield University is a Jesuit University, rooted in one of the world's oldest intellectual and spiritual traditions. More than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 36 states, 47 foreign countries, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are enrolled in the University's five schools. In the spirit of rigorous and sympathetic inquiry into all dimensions of human experience, Fairfield welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to share ideas and engage in open conversations. The University is located in the heart of a region where the future takes shape, on a stunning campus on the Connecticut coast just an hour from New York City.
MEET THE 10TH PRESIDENT OF CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY DR. LYNN M. BABINGTON
Interim President, January-June 2017
Provost & Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, 2014-present School of Nursing Dean and Professor, 2012-2014
Dr. Babington's contributions to higher education, teaching and the health care arena are substantial. A lifelong advocate of teaching and learning with a breadth of experience in academic, hospital, clinical and private sector settings, Babington is highly regarded for her work and regularly called upon for her expertise.
Her leadership roles at Fairfield University, most recently as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, as well as Northeastern University, speak to Babington's dedication to improving outcomes in higher education. Babington's contributions to the nation's health care environment extend far beyond the institutions she has served. Prior to her position at Fairfield, Babington studied as a Fulbright Scholar at Ben Gurion University in Israel. Babington's successful career in healthcare, impressive record of external support, numerous teaching awards and advisory positions are testaments to the impact she has made.
Babington was selected in 2013 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow designed to nurture industry leaders in their efforts to improve the nation's health care system.
University of Washington PhD Nursing, 1990-1995 MS Nursing, 1982-1984
University of Michigan BSN Nursing, 1973-1977 Magna Cum Laude
Ben Gurion University
Fulbright Scholar, Summer 2011
Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs 2009-2011
School of Nursing Director, Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program 2009-2011 Associate Professor 2003-2011
Health Services Partnership
Chief Operating Officer 2002-2003 Director of Clinical Programs 1999-2002
Associate Dean and Graduate Director 1998-1999 College of Nursing Associate Professor 1997-1998
Healthcare Consultant 1988-1997
Clients included Japanese Nursing Organization; Seattle University College of Nursing; University of Hawaii, College of Nursing; University of Ireland, Galway; Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Brigham & Women's Hospital; Tufts Medical Center; University of Portland; University of San Francisco; State of Washington Health and Human Services; VA Medical Center, Seattle; US Army Nurse Corps; Virginia Mason Health Consortium; Group Health Cooperative; University of Washington Hospitals; University of Santa Clara College; American Nurses Association; Washington Association of Nurse Executives; and various other hospitals and community health agencies.
Saint Cabrini Hospital
Assistant Administrator, Clinical Services 1986-1988 Director of Nursing 1985-1986
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA
Associate Director of Nursing 1984-1985
PROFESSIONAL & ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS
American Jesuit Colleges & Universities
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
American Nurses Association
American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education American Public Health Association
International Society for Urban Health Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Mu Chi Chapter
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Dr. Babington has served in a variety of roles to advance the field of nursing both in and out of the classroom. Below is a selected list of her contributions:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Roles included Chair of Hearing Committee, Standards Committee Task Force, Site Visitor, Board of Directors Vice-Chair, Accreditation Review Committee Panel Chair, Board Member
American Association of Colleges Of Nursing Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health CTSA, Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center
Journal of Applied Nursing Research
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Primary Care for the Underserved
Center for Community Health Education and Research
PERSONAL INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES
Giant Steps School for Autistic Children Board Member
Blackrock Food Pantry Volunteer
CT Immigrant & Refugee Coalition Volunteer
University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Nursing Advisory Board Member
Intercultural Nursing, Inc. (Volunteer nursing organization providing mobile health services in the Dominican Republic and Haiti) President and Volunteer
SCHOLARSHIP, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2013 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship
2012 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellowship
2011 Fulbright Specialist's Award
2010 Contribution to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
2009 Community Service Award from Health Care for the Homeless
2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from Northeastern University
2008 Technology in Teaching Award from Northeastern University
2008 Tufts CTSA Community Engagement Award
2005 Innovation in Teaching Award from Massachusetts Association Colleges of Nursing 2005 Eastern Society for Nursing Research Scholar Award, American Nurses Foundation
About Chaminade University
Celebrating 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses.
The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, with 11 satellite locations around Oahu military bases and Catholic parishes and schools.
For more information, visit the Chaminade University website (link above) or call (808) 735-4711.
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY'S MISSION
Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, work and service. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade encourages the development of moral character and personal competencies, and the commitment to build a just and peaceful society. The University offers the civic and church communities of the Pacific region its academic and intellectual resources in the pursuit of common aims.
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OVERVIEW
INSTITUTION: Chaminade University of Honolulu
PRESIDENT: Dr. Mary C. Wesselkamper
YEAR FOUNDED: 1955
SPONSORSHIP: Independent with Catholic, Marianist affiliation
DEGREE LEVELS OFFERED: Associates, Bachelors, Masters
CALENDAR PLAN: Semester, two summer sessions/four, ten-week evening sessions
FTE Student/FTE Faculty ratio: 10.97: 1
Students receiving financial aid -93.71%
Native Hawaiian ethnicity breakdown: 13.91 %
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY -- DESCRIPTIVE OVERVIEW
Chaminade University of Honolulu is a small, Catholic, comprehensive university sponsored by the Province of the United States of America of the Society of Mary (Marianists). It is located on a hillside in suburban Honolulu, two miles from Waikiki beach. Chaminade's fall 2005 enrollment is more than 3,000 -- 1112 traditional day students, and approximately 2,000 students enrolled in graduate studies and the accelerated evening program offered at 11 sites on Oahu and via distance education. Chaminade currently offers three bachelors degrees in 21 undergraduate majors, six graduate degree programs, and several professional certificate programs.
Celebrating 50 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, with 11 satellite locations around Oahu military bases and Catholic parishes and schools. For more information, visit the Chaminade University website at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.
CHAMINADE AT A GLANCE
- Students and faculty at Chaminade have a very wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The values-centered education at Chaminade is universal and ecumenical.
- Students and faculty at Chaminade have a very wide range of backgrounds and beliefs. The values-centered education at Chaminade is universal and ecumenical. Chaminade is ranked nationally among the top colleges in its category for diversity by U.S. News & World Report.
- Chaminade offers significant financial aid to assist underrepresented minority students.
- Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) is the only Catholic University in Hawaii. Founded by the Society of Mary under the leadership of Father Robert Mackey in 1955, Chaminade has been educating students in the Catholic Marianist tradition for nearly 50 years.
- Chaminade is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
- Intimate in size with an excellent student teacher-ratio (11:01), CUH students and faculty enjoy a spirit of ohana supporting each other ensuring their future success.
- Chaminade has been producing teachers who serve in the state for nearly 50 years; the state's first online Masters in Education was offered in 2004. The University also offers degrees in early childhood development and elementary education. It is also the only Montessori teacher preparatory program in Hawaii.
- The award-winning Interior Design program is the only one in Hawaii offering a four-year degree in interior design.
- Business is one of the most popular areas of study, and the Hogan Entrepreneurial Program, led by a group of successful business advisors, prepares undergraduate students for entrepreneurial work in a wide range of organizations.
- Chaminade's basketball team earned worldwide acclaim in 1982 with its 77-72 victory over the number-one ranked University of Virginia, still known as one of the biggest upsets in sports history.
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY - A BRIEF HISTORY
The University is named after the founder of the Society of Mary, Father William Joseph Chaminade, a French Catholic priest who survived the political turmoil and religious persecution of the French Revolution. Father Chaminade believed that the rebuilding of the Church in France in the aftermath of the French Revolution would best be accomplished by the engagement of the laity in small communities of faith, dedicated to prayer, education and acts of service to the larger community. After two decades of work with those communities, and the founding of the Daughters of Mary in 1816, the third part of his vision of the Marianist Family materialized when he founded the Society of Mary, a religious community of priests and lay brothers in 1817.
The Marianists realized that education provided the means for passing on their distinctive vision of the Christian life to future generations, and, central to their educational efforts, was an emphasis on liberal education. In this sense, they understood that education was not merely a means for imparting a religious vision, but also an intellectual formation valuable in itself. This educational tradition and spirituality of the Society of Mary also embodies the ideal of service and an abiding respect for the complementary nature of a liberal education, on the one hand, and professional and technical education on the other. As the only Catholic university in Hawaii, Chaminade affirms a commitment to the integration of intellectual skills, Marianist values, social responsibility and cultural awareness.
In 1849, members of the Society of Mary came to the United States to minister to immigrant populations. As an outgrowth of their ministry, they founded first what grew to the University of Dayton and, shortly thereafter, what became St. Mary's University of San Antonio. In September of 1883, eight Marianists arrived in Honolulu and assumed the leadership of what is now St. Louis School. After many years of encouragement by the alumni of St. Louis, the decision was made by the Marianists to establish a Catholic college in Honolulu and, as a consequence, St. Louis Junior College opened in 1955. In 1957, the college became a four-year coeducational institution and the name was changed to Chaminade College. Chaminade expanded its services to the community in l967 with the establishment of an evening session to serve adults with business, family and military responsibilities who desired to pursue a college degree. In l977 Chaminade added graduate programs, and the name was changed to Chaminade University of Honolulu.
In 1996, Dr. Sue Wesselkamper became Chaminade's eighth president and the first woman to serve in such a post in Hawaii's history. The University is guided by a 40-member Board of Regents and 25-member Board of Governors representing a wide spectrum of business, government and education leaders from throughout Hawaii. Chaminade employs 291 full time faculty and staff and has approximately 300 adjunct professors on its active list.
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