Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., has named Wendy J. Robb, PhD, RN. CNE, to its newly funded $1.25 million Hazel and Walter May Endowed Chair for Excellence in Nursing. Robb is chairwoman of Cedar Crests department of nursing and, until recently, was director of the colleges graduate nursing program.
We are grateful to Hazel and Walter May and we are thrilled to offer a leading nurse educator the opportunity to advance our nursing programs mission to provide the highest quality nurses to the Lehigh Valley region and the nation, Cedar Crest President Carmen Ambar said in a news release. Wendy is an excellent choice for the position.
Robb joined Cedar Crest College in 2000 from Lehigh Valley Health Network. She was named director of the graduate nursing program in 2008 and department chairwoman in 2011. She has received numerous awards for excellence in nursing, nursing education and scholarship. She has an extensive list of local and international presentations on complementary therapy research and nursing education.
Robb was instrumental in the initial accreditation of Cedar Crests MSN program and the colleges partnership with the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, West Reading, Pa., which has just graduated its first cohort of masters prepared nurses.
The endowed chair funding will allow the college to potentially expand programs and continue to build the nursing school. There are approximately 300 nursing students at Cedar Crest, making it the largest school in the college, according to a school official.
Robb achieved her associate degree in nursing from Gwynedd Mercy University in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. Once licensed, she worked the night shift at Lehigh Valley Hospitals shock trauma unit. She later earned at BSN at Gwynedd and her MSN from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. In 2006, she received a PhD in nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pa.
Explaining her move from bedside nurse to nurse educator, Robb said, When I cared for patients in the trauma intensive care unit, I impacted one or two families each shift. As a nurse educator, I impact hundreds of nursing students each semester who will ultimately provide care to thousands of patients and families.
Walter M. May and his wife, Hazel, now deceased, have a long history of philanthropy in the Lehigh Valley. In addition to the endowed chair at Cedar Crest, the Mays also endowed a chair for Excellence in Cardiology at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, according to the release.