Mary Beth Hanner, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

Provost & Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Mary Beth Hanner,Dr. Mary Beth Hanner is currently Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Excelsior College. From 1990-2001 she served as Dean of the School of Nursing at the College. In 2002 she was appointed Vice President for Health Sciences and developed the School of Health Sciences. In 2008 she served as Vice President for Outcomes Assessment and Institutional Research.

Prior to her appointment at Excelsior College, Mary Beth Hanner was a professor at The Sage Colleges where she taught community health nursing, epidemiology, and health services administration to undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Hanner has published and presented extensively on such topics as distance education, outcomes assessment, competency-based educational models, community health nursing, gerontology, caring, and HIV infection. She serves on the Board of Directors at LaSalle School and previously with the Hudson-Mohawk Area Health Education Center. In 2007 she was selected as an inaugural Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education and in 2012, named a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.


  • Assessment: Learning Outcomes, Clinical Performance
  • Distance Education
  • Education: Curriculum Development, Competency-based
  • Higher Education: Administration, Regional & Specialized, Non-Traditional
  • Leadership: Development, Mentoring, Professional Socialization
  • Online Learning


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Gerontology Focus, University of Texas
  • Master of Public Health, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • Bachelor of Science, Boston College
  • Diploma, St. Peter’s Hospital School of Nursing

Awards and Recognitions

  • Distinction in Leadership, Excelsior College, 2010

Selected Publications

  • “Using Technology to Close the Loop on Student Learning Assessment,” co-presenter, ATP Europe 2012.
  • “Reflections on Leadership: The Clinical Nurse Educator,” co-author, Nurse Education in Practice, 2011.
  • “Professional Socialization of Baccalaureate Nursing Students: Can Students in Distance Nursing Programs Be Socialized?” co-author, Journal of Nurse Education, 2002.
  • “Associate and Baccalaureate Degree Preparation for Home Health Care in an Era of Managed Care,” Teaching in the Community: Preparing Nurses for the 21st Century, 2007.
  • “External Degree Graduates at Work: Some Empirical Studies,” Proceedings of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 1995.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Academy of Nursing Education, National League for Nursing, Fellow
  • American Academy of Nursing, 2012