Dr. Terry Fulmer, the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean of the NYU College of Nursing, has been appointed a Trustee of Skidmore College. She was named during summer 2007 to the 35-member board, which guides this prestigious liberal arts college in Saratoga Springs, New York, from which Dr. Fulmer received her bachelor’s degree in 1976.
Dr. Fulmer, a researcher, scholar, and advocate of healthcare for older adults, has made it her life’s mission to educate healthcare professionals about excellence in caring for the elderly. In 2005, Dr. Fulmer was named the first Dean of the NYU College of Nursing, when it was elevated from a division at NYU’s Steinhardt School to become a College of Nursing within the NYU College of Dentistry. Under her leadership, the college’s enrollment has dramatically increased and the faculty size doubled, a strategy aimed directly at addressing a major national nursing shortage by educating more, and more highly qualified, nurses.
Dr. Fulmer received both master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston College and received her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from New York University. She also completed a Brookdale National Fellowship at Columbia University. A pioneer in geriatric nursing, Dr. Fulmer was the first nurse to serve as President of the Gerontological Society of America and was also the first nurse to be elected to the board of the American Geriatrics Society.