Lisa Kitko Named Dean of University of Rochester School of Nursing

Lisa A. Kitko, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, an accomplished scholar, researcher, educator, and clinician, has been named the sixth dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

“It’s my pleasure to welcome Lisa Kitko as the next dean of the UR School of Nursing,” said Mark B. Taubman, MD, CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center. “Lisa has an outstanding academic record, and I believe that she has the ability to take our School of Nursing to the next level with regard to research, scholarship, and educational innovation. Lisa’s engaging and enthusiastic personality will be an ideal fit within the Medical Center, and I look forward to working with her on bringing the School of Nursing and School of Medicine and Dentistry together and enhancing the School of Nursing’s research profile throughout the University.”

Kitko has been a member of the nursing faculty at Penn State University for more than 20 years, rising from the ranks of clinical instructor to associate professor. She was named interim director of the PhD program at the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing in 2019 and assumed leadership of the program and was named associate dean for graduate education in January 2020. In those dual roles, she was instrumental in reinvigorating interest in the college’s graduate programs—including the PhD program, which more than doubled in enrollment.

“I am happy and excited to join the great team at the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and thankful for the opportunity to build on its tremendous legacy of innovation and excellence,” said Kitko. “I loved the graciousness and kindness I felt at the UR School of Nursing, and I was very much attracted to the shared commitment of faculty and staff to make the school the best it can be and provide a top-notch environment for students. I am also exhilarated by the school’s close ties with the Medical Center, and I am looking forward to working with our colleagues across the street to expand and broaden our clinical-academic partnerships.”

WittKieffer’s Beth Frye, Linda Komnick and Claudia Teschky led this search.

Read the full press announcement.