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NLN CEO Dr. Ruth Corcoran to Retire January 2007


National League for Nursing Puts Succession Plan in Place

February 2, 2005

New York, NY -- With excellence as her watchword Dr. Ruth Corcoran has led the National League for Nursing to its place as a successful and well-run organization cited by the American Society of Association Executives for "the will to govern well."

During her tenure as CEO which began in 1998, Dr. Corcoran moved the organization from a staggering deficit to a healthy fund balance giving the NLN the financial strength to continue to serve nursing faculty and leaders in nursing education with services and benefits that support teaching efforts, address the critical shortages of nurses and nurse educators, and create the future of nursing education.

"The NLN has reinvented itself as the premier professional society for nursing education based upon enduring principles and shared governance," explained Dr. Corcoran as she announced her retirement. "Succession planning creates a legacy of leadership that capitalizes on the achievements of the past and creates the solid foundation for continued viability and relevance."

Adds NLN president Dr. Joyce Murray, "The National League for Nursing is positioned to participate in the many exciting and challenging events occurring in nursing today. Recent initiatives spearheaded under Ruths aegis include Hallmarks of Excellence in Nursing EducationTM, the National Nursing Education DatabaseTM, Centers of Excellence in Nursing EducationTM, the Nurse Educator Certification Program, new test products, expanded public policy activities, and increased opportunities for research grants and faculty scholarships. All these and more illustrate a renewed and relevant professional association for the 21st century."

The NLNs effective strategic planning ability and clear vision of its future will allow it to continue to provide quality products and services to its members. "We value our professional relationships, alliances, partnerships, cooperative arrangements and of course our members," Dr. Murray continued. "The NLN is proceeding with the search for a new CEO in a manner that will ensure our continuity and our legacy."

For more information about Dr. Ruth Corcoran or the NLNs succession process, please contact communications director Karen R. Klestzick at, 212-812-0376.