Becker Appoints New Dean of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences

Published on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Becker College’s School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences has a new dean. Dr. Laurie Hillson, an accomplished leader in higher education, will head the school’s dynamic Nursing, Exercise Science, Education, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, and Criminal Justice programs. Dr. Hillson brings nearly two decades of excellence in academia, having taught and successfully overseen undergraduate and graduate programs across the Bay State. Her appointment is effective immediately.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hillson to Becker. She has an extensive background in the field of nursing and nursing education and we look forward to the leadership she will provide to the programs in the School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences,” said Becker’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Amber L. Vaill, Ph.D.

Prior to Becker, Dr. Hillson was the Assistant Dean for Graduate Nursing and Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs and the Director of the Master’s Nursing Programs at Endicott College. She is recognized as an expert in curriculum development and implementation, strategic planning and creating new and innovative programs.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a skilled team with a vision for the future and commitment to growth as an institution,” said Hillson.

A Peer Evaluator for Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, her past roles include serving as President of Information to Grow (ITG) for nurses, Director of Nursing Education Programs at Northern Essex Community College, and Coordinator of Continuing Studies at Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing Program, among others.

Dr. Hillson has authored articles in Nursing Spectrum, On Call and HEALTHY Kids, and is a regular presenter at conferences and conventions. She has presented at the Annual Nurse Educators Conference, North Eastern Organization of Nurse Educators Symposium, Nursing Spectrum at Hynes Convention Center, Quinsigamond Community College, and Boston Medical Center, and was a keynote speaker at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center.

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Hillson holds a Ph.D. and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Health Professions Education with distinction from Simmons College, a Master of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State University, and an Associate in Science in Registered Nursing from Northern Essex Community College.