New Acting Dean begins at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing


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SYRACUSE, NY – A woman who once served as a nurse in St. Joseph’s Intensive Care Unit is now the Acting Dean of the College of Nursing. St. Joseph’s Health has appointed Susan Berger to the position.

Berger has served on the College of Nursing board of directors for the past seven years and as board chair since January, according to a May 3 press release from St. Joseph’s. Her first job as a nurse when she moved to Syracuse 40 years ago was in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph.

Prior to this appointment, Berger most recently served as the Director of Health Services at Cazenovia College for 29 years, including 15 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Marianne Markowitz was Dean of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing before retiring in December, Kelly Quinn, public relations and network communications manager at St. Joseph’s Health, told CNYBJ in an email. AnneMarie Walker-Czyz, who is now president and CEO of Rome Health, served as interim dean of the College of Nursing after Markowitz left, Quinn adds.

As the new interim dean of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing, Berger will assume the day-to-day management of the college; focus on faculty development, curriculum and the design of shared governance; and assist in the search for a more permanent dean.

“Dr. Berger brings with her a wealth of managerial experience in higher education, ”said Leslie Paul Luke, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health, in the release. “We are confident that she will provide exceptional leadership and guidance to faculty, staff and students, while continuing to seek a more permanent dean.

Berger is a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Syracuse University. Berger also received his doctorate in education – with a concentration in leadership in higher education – from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California.

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