With more than a decade of nursing academic administrative experience, Interim Dean of Nursing Dr. Suzan Ulrich brings a commitment to innovation, inter-professional education and clinical education that benefits the Lourdes University College of Nursing.

Prior to Lourdes, Dr. Ulrich served as Dean of Nursing and Respiratory Care for the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University. She also served as Associate Dean of Midwifery and Women’s Health for the Frontier School of Midwifery and Nursing. Most recently, Dr. Ulrich taught online for post master’s DNP students at Resurrection University and coordinated the CCNE accreditation of their DNP program.

As an academic nursing leader, Dr. Ulrich has engaged in strategic planning, quality enhancement, budgeting, curriculum development, grant writing and management, research and teaching. Her skills and leadership proved beneficial resulting in exponentially increased enrollment at the graduate nursing level. She is committed to engaging with faculty through recruitment, orientation and mentorship and providing an open door policy that allows faculty to share their concerns, ideas and successes.

A respected expert in her field, Dr. Ulrich has presented nationally on several topics including the role of care coordination and team based health care for the Annual Wisconsin Center for Nursing Conference and The lives of black mothers should matter at the American College of Nursing-Midwives Annual Meeting in Maryland. A published author, Dr. Ulrich has contributed and written for several refereed journals and books.

Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duquesne University, a Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery from Georgetown University, a Master of Nursing in Maternity Nursing and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. A certified nurse-midwife, she is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow alumna, cohort 12 and was bestowed the Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation.