Division of Graduate Nursing
Division of Undergraduate Nursing
Bellet Building, Rm. 222
Gloria Ferraro Donnelly, Ph.D., RN, FAAN serves as the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions. A native of Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing and Bryn Mawr College, Department of Human Development where she completed the Ph.D. in 1985 as a National Service Research Pre-doctoral Fellow.
Her interest in psychiatric-mental health nursing led her to hold clinical and educational positions at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Hospital and the Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital. She has held faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, Trenton State College in New Jersey and Villanova University. She was the founding Dean of Nursing at La Salle University and is the first Dean of the School of Nursing at MCP Hahnemann University, appointed July 1, l996 and the first dean of the merged College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, 2002.
The author of four textbooks, winner of two AJN Book of the Year awards, and currently editor of Holistic Nursing Practice, a refereed journal, Dr. Donnelly speaks at the national level on nursing education and a variety of mental health topics including assertiveness, stress and change. In 1982 she was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2003 she was named by the March of Dimes as "Women of Achievement". Dr. Donnelly has served on the Board of Directors of Hahnemann University Hospital since 2007and on the Advisory Board to the Nurses Services Organization, a professional liability company since 2001.