Claire Fagin

Senior Fellow

Claire Fagin, PhD, RN

  • Professor Emerita, Penn Nursing
  • Dean Emerita, Penn Nursing

Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN is Leadership Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita at Penn Nursing. A consultant to foundations and educational institutions, she served as Dean of Penn Nursing (1977-1992), as the Interim President of the University (1993-1994), and was the first woman to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the University. Dr. Fagin has extensive experience in nursing, health care and educational administration, which includes teaching, practice, consultation, and participation in formation of health policy, in both public and private sectors. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences; Expert Panel on Nursing of the World Health Organization, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Fagin has received 15 honorary doctoral degrees and numerous alumni, civic, and professional awards. Dr. Fagin is the recipient of the Honorary Recognition Award of the American Nurses Association; the first Distinguished Scholar Award given by the American Nurses Foundation; the Hildegard E. Peplau Award from the American Nurses Association. In 1998, she was named a “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing and received the Presidents Medal from New York University. She has been awarded the Nightingale Award from the American Nurses Foundation, was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, and in 2010 she entered the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame, one of fewer than 80 nurses who have been chosen for this honor since its inception. Dr. Fagin has published 15 authored/edited books and monographs and more than 100 articles. She holds a PhD from New York University.

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