Dr. Barbara Pieper Appointed to Lead School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College

Dr. Barbara Pieper, newly appointed Dean of the School of Health Sciences

Excelsior College has appointed Barbara Pieper, PhD, RN dean of the School of Health Sciences. She replaces Dr. Laurie Carbo-Porter, who recently assumed the role of Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the 46-year old institution.

“Our goal is to prepare well-qualified professionals for a 21st century health care industry by following Excelsior’s tradition of offering high- quality, affordable programs designed for working adults,” said Dr. Pieper. “I’m excited for the challenge and look forward to working with our distinguished faculty and other community members to meet the needs of today and future health care leaders.”

The School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College offers degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level. The school is home to 1,100 currently enrolled students, with an average age of 35 years. Each is pursuing their degrees part-time while managing career, family, and social responsibilities.

Dr. Pieper has been affiliated with Excelsior College for nearly three decades and is an recognized expert in nursing, nursing education, public and community health, and gerontology. As a founding faculty member of the School of Health Sciences, she was instrumental in the development of the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor in Health Care Management degree programs.

Dr. Pieper has also served as project manager for the Emerson Foundation grant to design and implement a series of media-rich continuing education modules for a consortium of nursing homes and hospitals in Central New York. In 2014, she was named the first director of the Robert E. Kinsinger Institute for Nursing Excellence and served as principal investigator on Excelsior’s Veterans to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, funded by a $1 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

She is a member of the American Public Health Association and New York State Public Health Association. Dr. Pieper is also a member of Tau Kappa Chapter at Large, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, where she also serves as the chair of the Research Committee.

Dr. Pieper earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing/Science from the University at Albany, a Master of Nursing in Community Health Nursing from the University of Kansas, a PhD in Nursing Science from Adelphi University, and a post-doctoral certificate from Harvard Medical School in Palliative Care Education and Practice.



Excelsior College (excelsior.edu) is a regionally accredited, nonprofit online college focused on helping adults complete their degrees and advance their careers. The College contributes to the development of a diverse, educated, and career-ready society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals historically underrepresented in higher education. Founded in 1971, Excelsior meets students where they are – academically and geographically –  removing obstacles to the educational goals of adults pursuing continuing education and degree completion. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity. Learn more at excelsior.edu.

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