Maria College President Thomas Gamble, PhD, sent a public message of congratulations to Dr. Chris Gibson, who was just named Siena College’s 12th President and first lay President.
“I am delighted to join in the many people in our higher education community welcoming Dr. Gibson to his new role at Siena.” Dr. Gamble said. “Maria College and Siena College have a terrific relationship, fostered by many years of working together in the Capital District to deliver outstanding Catholic higher education. This past year saw our first official collaboration with our nursing programs, which was started under the leadership of the late Brother Edward Coughlin, OFM. Siena’s Interim President Dr. Margaret Madden helped get the program launched in its first year, for which I will be forever grateful. The future continues to look bright for our two institutions, and Dr. Gibson will bring his experience, wisdom, and energy into this role. I very much look forward to working with him as Maria and Siena contribute to our community in the Capital District and beyond.”
Siena College and Maria College announced in September a dual degree program in nursing, combining both colleges’ commitment to a holistic approach to nursing and the mindful delivery of authentic patient-centered care. The four-year program will award an associate of science in nursing at the end of the junior year, and a bachelor of science in nursing at the end of the senior year. Students spend their freshman year on Siena’s Loudonville campus for core nursing and liberal arts courses. In their sophomore and junior years, they attend classes at Maria’s newly-upgraded McAuley teaching and learning facility in Albany, which includes state-of-the-art nursing skills and simulation labs. They will also participate in clinical rotations at the top hospitals and health care centers throughout the Capital Region. Senior year will see the students back at Siena for upper-level nursing courses and nursing outreach in the community.
A full release can be seen on Siena’s website: https://www.siena.edu/news/story/siena-college-names-former-us-rep-chris-gibson-86-phd-as-12th-president/