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February 14, 2012

Deborah Hodge Joins SUNY Empire State College as Advisor to Nursing Program

Deborah Hodge

Deborah Hodge, of Guilderland, joined SUNY Empire State College in January as academic advisor for the college’s online nursing program. In her new role at Empire State College, Hodge will be involved in the advisement of all nursing students, student recruitment and retention, development of programmatic policies and other special projects.  

Dr. Bridget Nettleton, dean of the nursing program, said, “We are all pleased to have Deb join the nursing program in her role as academic advisor. She has many years of experience and will help us to continue to grow and mature the program.”

“I am extremely excited to join the nursing program and work with the dynamic faculty, staff and students of SUNY Empire State College,” said Hodge. 

 Hodge holds a master’s degree in educational administration with a concentration in higher education and a bachelor’s degree in sociology, both from SUNY Albany.

Since 2004, she has been academic advisor and then senior academic advisor at Excelsior College. Since 2010 she also has  taught courses on college student success for Excelsior. 

Hodge is the recipient of the 2010 certificate of merit for outstanding advisement from the National Academic Advising Association. 

About the Nursing Program
Empire State College’s Nursing Program began in 2008 to help address the area’s and the nation’s nursing shortage, and to provide RNs with a way to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. The first graduate of the college’s nursing program was awarded a degree in 2010. Research has shown that patient outcomes improve with nurses with a higher level of education.

About SUNY Empire State College
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout their college career.  Students engage in guided independent study and coursework onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace of their choosing.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu.

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