Plowfield named chancellor at York

Lisa Ann Plowfield, dean and professor of the College of Nursing at Florida State University, has been named as the new chancellor at Penn State York effective Aug. 1. She replaces Joel M. Rodney, who will retire on July 31.

"Dr. Plowfield brings a depth and breadth of higher education experience to Penn State. She is an established leader in the use of best practices and multidisciplinary approaches to education, with timely expertise in curriculum development, assessment of learning outcomes and accreditation. We look forward to her joining us as chancellor of Penn State York to build on the campus' longstanding record of academic excellence and its strong and vital presence in the region," said Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses.

"My background as a nurse faculty member has allowed me to witness first-hand the important benefit of educational engagement through service learning, internships, undergraduate research and student activism. In addition, my work on numerous interdisciplinary teams and projects has afforded me a breadth of understanding well beyond a single discipline. I'm looking forward to bringing this philosophy and richness to a campus offering high-quality education to meet today's growing workforce needs," said Plowfield. "My vision for advancing education begins with dynamic curricula, scholarship that includes undergraduate participation in research, service learning and outreach, and promoting real-world application in meeting community needs."

Plowfield earned her diploma in nursing at Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing in Danville; her bachelor of science in nursing at Thomas Jefferson University; her master's in trauma and critical-care nursing at the University of Maryland; her doctorate in nursing at University of Virginia and a certificate in case management at Johns Hopkins University. She is licensed as a registered nurse in Delaware, Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Plowfield has been dean and professor of the College of Nursing at Florida State University since 2007. In that role, she successfully led the college through national accreditation and a rigorous state university system quality enhancement review; re-aligned the mission and strategic plan of the college to meet the research-intensive focus of the university; established the first doctoral education within the College of Nursing; extended nursing education to statewide regions in need of graduate nursing education; implemented professional and alumni advisory boards; developed the fundraising capacity of the college; and was principal investigator and co-principal investigator of numerous grant awards totaling more than $3.5 million.

Before joining Florida State University, Plowfield was director of the School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware from 2002-2006. There, she successfully led the school through two national accreditations; developed and implemented an innovative new undergraduate residency curriculum; envisioned and established a state-of-the-art simulation center for students; increased annual state funding for the base budget by $550,000; and enhanced the scholarship productivity of faculty. Also at the University of Delaware, she served as director of the UD Nursing Center from 1996-2007, and moved through the faculty ranks from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure to professor between 1993 and 2007.

She has earned several awards and honors throughout her career, and has been very active both within her university and in the community. She has had numerous articles published in refereed journals and peer-reviewed publications, and has written chapters appearing in nine books. In addition, Plowfield has made numerous presentations both nationally and internationally.

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Last Updated January 09, 2015