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A nationally recognized nursing educator named Health Sciences dean at Rowan College at Burlington County

Dr. Karen Montalto

Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) named Dr. Karen Montalto, a nationally recognized nursing educator as dean of Health Sciences.

Montalto, of Burlington, most recently served as director and assistant dean for the Office of Nursing Student Success at Rutgers-Camden. She was recently selected as one of seven nursing educational leaders in the country into the Emerging Educational Administrator Institute of Sigma Theta Tau – the nursing honor society.

Montalto has received several other honors and grants including the Daisy Faculty Award in collaboration with the American Association of College of Nursing for Leadership and Change and a $10,000 grant from TD Bank for increasing nursing success at Holy Family University where she was chair of the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program.

Under her leadership at Holy Family, the percentage of nursing students who passed the licensing exam increased from 65 to 96 percent.

“Dr. Montalto has proven her ability to increase both the success and diversity of nursing students throughout her career. We welcome her leadership to Rowan College at Burlington County,” RCBC President Paul Drayton said. “Our partnerships with Virtua and Rowan University are transforming Health Sciences into the region’s premier institute for medical education and Dr. Montalto is exactly the type of leader we envisioned to take these programs to a higher level.”

“Many students will benefit from Dr. Montalto’s leadership of Rowan College at Burlington County’s Health Sciences Division,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. David Spang. “She has achieved measurable success in all of the areas that we deem critical to the college’s mission including access, affordability, quality and effectiveness, and student success.”

This summer, RCBC became the first community college in the region authorized to offer students a junior year before completing a bachelor’s degree with Rowan University. Nursing is one of the initial “3+1” option programs and will offer a junior year beginning in fall 2017.

Virtua, which serves as the largest location for RCBC nursing students to perform their clinical education, is bringing its Paramedic Sciences program to the college this fall. The program has attracted more than 80 students who are new to the college.

“Rowan College at Burlington County is ahead of the curve in embracing the future of Health Science education. I’m so excited to join a dynamic team of faculty and staff,” Montalto said. “I embrace the college’s vision of creating the premier Health Sciences program in our region that provides the highest of quality education at the most affordable cost.”

Montalto joins the division as it enters its final academic year on the Pemberton campus. The college’s Briggs Road facility will soon become a state-of-the-art Health Sciences facility. The center will reopen in fall 2017 as the college creates the modern campus experience on the Mount Laurel campus highlighted by a new Student Success Center. Details about the transformation are available at rcbc.edu/campus-transformation.

In addition to Rutgers and Holy Family, Montalto also held education administrative positions at Neumann University and the Helene Fuld School of Nursing, and nursing positions at the Mount Holly Center for rehabilitation and geriatric residents, Cooper University Medical Center and Graduate Hospital.

She is an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University’s Graduate School of Education and has taught at Holy Family, Villanova University, Thomas Jefferson University and RCBC.