Laurie Carbo-Porter named acting dean, School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College

IMG_1562CroppedLaurie Carbo-Porter, PhD, RN has assumed the role of acting dean of the School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College, the private, nonprofit, distance learning institution announced today. Carbo-Porter, who previously served as associate dean, replaces Deborah Sopczyk, PhD, RN, who was recently appointed as the College’s interim provost.

“”Laurie’s experience and innovative spirit makes her the perfect person to assume the leadership of the School of Health Sciences,” said Sopczyk. “She is committed to excellence and will assure the continued growth and development of quality programs and services within the school.”

Excelsior’s School of Health Sciences offers degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s level. The school is home to 1,200 currently enrolled students, with an average age of 37 years. Each is pursuing their degrees part-time while managing career, family, and social responsibilities.

“The School of Health Sciences has flourished under Provost Sopczyk’s leadership and I’m looking forward to facilitating its continued growth and working with the faculty and the entire College community to keep our programs current and relevant,” said Carbo-Porter. “The School of Health Sciences is known for innovation and that will continue as we seek to educate and produce the next generation of professionals and leaders in the health care and public health arenas.”

Carbo-Porter joined Excelsior in 1999 and served in a number of leadership roles in the School of Nursing, most recently as the Associate Dean for Regulatory and Governmental Affairs, where she managed the College’s interactions with state boards of nursing and legislators in matters relevant to professional nursing practice in all 50 states. She left the College briefly in January 2014 to serve as associate dean for nursing at SUNY Empire State College, before returning to Excelsior in January 2016 with the School of Health Sciences.

Carbo-Porter is an expert in nursing education, public policy and regulation of nursing practice and education, community health, public health, disease prevention, and health promotion and assessment. She is a recipient of the Tau Kappa Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Research Award and Chapter Recognition Award and Tau Kappa at-Large Chapter Recognition Award. In 2013, she was elected to the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing Board of Directors and is now serving her second term.

Carbo-Porter earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY College of Technology, Master of Science in Nursing from Sages Colleges, and Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Methodology from SUNY Albany.


Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution founded in 1971 focused on providing educational opportunity to adult learners. The College contributes to the development of a diverse, educated society by valuing lifelong learning with an emphasis on serving individuals who are historically underrepresented by higher education. Excelsior meets students where they are – academically and geographically – removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners through affordable access to quality instruction and the assessment of learning. Our pillars include innovation, flexibility, academic excellence, and integrity. Learn more at

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