Lee Anne Xippolitos has been appointed Dean of the School of Nursing. She has been serving as Interim Dean since July 2009 following the retirement of Lenora McClean, who served for 27 distinguished years as Dean. Xippolitos will retain her position as Chief Nursing Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital.
As Dean, Xippolitos will serve as chief executive of the School of Nursing, defining its standard in excellence. Working closely with the faculty and department chairs, she will lead the establishment and implementation of academic, research, and clinical practice programs. She is also responsible for implementing NYS Department of Education, University, and School policies, overseeing all support services for the School, and addressing needs of students, faculty, and staff.
As a young girl, Xippolitos dreamed of becoming a nurse; it was a career choice she pursued right out of high school. She received her B.S. degree and M.S. degree from Stony Brook’s School of Nursing. She is certified as a clinical nurse specialist as well as a nurse practitioner in psychiatric nursing. She completed her Ph.D. at Adelphi University, holds a certificate as an addictions nurse by the National Addictions Nursing Certificate Board, and is a certified nurse administrator with the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
“This is the pinnacle of my career in nursing,” said Xippolitos. “For me, to be appointed both Dean of the School of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer in an academic medical center is turning a dream into reality.”
Xippolitos is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the New York Organization of Nurse Executives. She is a charter member and past president of Kappa Gamma Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International. She now serves as chair for the University Healthsystem Consortium’s Council on Nursing.
“We are delighted that Dr. Xippolitos has accepted the position of Dean at the School of Nursing,” said Craig Lehmann, Interim Executive Dean of the Health Sciences Center. “Her exceptional background, coupled with her energy and enthusiasm, will impart a refreshing point of view to her deanship that will serve faculty, staff, students, as well as the community at large, extremely well.”
“There is no doubt about Lee’s leadership skills and commitment to nursing professional development, mentorship, and education,” said Steven L. Strongwater, CEO, Stony Brook University Hospital. “She has made education a key part of development plans inside Stony Brook University Hospital and now has a chance to influence aspiring nurses as well. I cannot think of a more committed and qualified individual to assume this leadership role.”