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Gannon Welcomes New Dean to Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences

February 2, 2024/midnight

Gannon University welcomes a new Dean to Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences: Dr. Kimberly A. Cavanagh. (Gannon University)

On January 15, Gannon welcomed Dr. Kimberly Cavanagh as the new Dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences.

Dr. Cavanagh has been the interim dean since July 2023. Since this time, the college has moved forward in launching new partnerships with Ruskin Campus as well as breaking ground for the greenhouse for project NePTWNE.

Dr. Cavanagh’s responsibilities will include undergraduate, graduate, and online academic matters, student engagement opportunities, community service programming, and partnerships.

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She will be working closely with Gannon’s Provost and Vice President of Student Experience, Dr. Sarah Ewing, and the deans of Gannon’s other two colleges to ensure an enriching experience at both Erie and Ruskin Campuses. Dr. Ewing praised Dr. Cavanagh as a visionary leader for Morosky.

“We are grateful to Dr. Cavanagh for her continued service and commitment to Gannon University, our faculty and our students,” said Ewing. “We are excited by her decision to continue to serve as Dean and propel the health profession and science programs forward on both our Erie and Ruskin Campuses,” said Ewing.

Dr. Cavanagh started her path at Siena College earning a Bachelor of Science in biology degree. Later she earned her physician assistant certificate from Allegheny University of the Health Sciences in 1998.

Her academic journey continued with her completion of a master’s in physician assistant studies with a specialization in cardiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Cavanagh then completed her doctoral degree at Nova Southeastern University in 2009 in health science.

Dr. Cavanagh’s journey led her to Gannon back in 2001, where she excelled as an educator and held various leadership positions. Dr. Cavanagh is honored by the new opportunities available with her position as Dean of Morosky College.

“I am humbled to serve and lead as Dean of the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences and feel blessed for the opportunity to impact the lives of students,” said Cavanagh.

“I look forward to continuing to work alongside our Provost, the deans of the other colleges, our faculty, staff, students, and our community partners to advance academic and professional success. In this role, I will strive to advance innovation of our academic offerings to provide a positive experience for students and colleagues, supporting their work in transforming the lives of our learners and impacting our Erie and Ruskin communities through meaningful collaboration and service.”

Her success at Gannon has led her to this position in which she can further the development and education of students within Morosky College and the greater Gannon Community.

With ambitions to continue the positive momentum of her interim deanship, Dr. Cavanagh will succeed Dr. Ewing and expand the student experience for health profession and science majors.

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Jillian Wells, News Editor
Hello, this year's News editor for the 2023 academic school year is Jillian Wells. She has written for the Gannon Knight as a staff writer periodically for the last two years and is looking forward to adding a third as an editor. She is also a co-editor for Gannon’s Literary Art Magazine the Totem, and a member of the English Honors Society Sigma Tau Delta. She is an easy-going person and tends to open up the more you get to know her. A good book and a cup of tea (or coffee) are all she needs for a free afternoon, and she is most definitely a dog (and cat) person. Jillian says that The Knight is a way for students and faculty to stay connected to the happenings around campus and to be a part of that is a great privilege. She hopes to do the best by you all.

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