Dean, School of Nursing

Mary Lee Pollard

Mary Lee Pollard, PhD, RN, CNE


PhD, Educational Theory and Practice: Curriculum Development, Instruction and Evaluation, University at Albany, State University of New York

MS, Nursing, Medical Surgical Nursing, Education, Russell Sage College

BS, Nursing, Syracuse University

About Mary Lee Pollard

Mary Lee Pollard was named dean of the School of Nursing at Excelsior College in 2011. In this role, she assures high quality, affordable, and accessible education. Pollard is an expert in competency-based nursing education. She has been recognized with awards by many nursing associations over the past 20 years and has provided nearly a dozen presentations on the topic at national conferences. She is an NLN certified nurse educator.

Pollard first came to Excelsior College in 2004 as a clinical examiner and was associate dean prior to being named dean of the School of Nursing. She previously served as director of the School of Nursing at Ellis Hospital School of Nursing where she was also a staff nurse, assistant instructor, and instructor.

Pollard is actively involved in nearly 20 regional, state, and national nursing organizations and associations. Through her involvement with these groups, she works to advance a diverse population of nurses while helping to support and inform nursing education and practice through utilization of research. She is a former board member of the New York Chapter of the American Nurses Association, secretary of the New York State Council of Deans of Baccalaureate and Higher Programs, board member of the Capital District Nursing Research Alliance, and Nominations Committee Chair of Sigma Theta Tau, Tau Kappa Chapter. She has also served as a board member and volunteer nurse at the Schenectady Free Clinic.