History of the Presidency

Biographical sketches of Penn Presidents (including Acting and Interim Presidents) and historically significant aspects of University history during each administration.

1993-1994

Claire Muriel Mintzer Fagin, Interim President

Born 1926 in New York, New York

B.S., School of Nursing, Wagner College, 1948
M.A., Teacher's College, Columbia University, 1951
Ph.D., New York University, 1964
Hon. LL.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1994
(12 other honorary degrees)

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and Director of the Graduate Program in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, New York University, New York City, 1965-1969
  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 1975
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Nursing, Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, 1969-1977; Director, Health Professions Institute, Lehman College and the Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, 1975-1977
  • Margaret Bond Simon Dean, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1977-1992 (when left deanship school named #1 by US News and World Report)
  • Leadership Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1977-1996, now Emerita Dean and Emerita Professor and currently Program Director of John A. Hartford initiative: Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity
  • Developed, won approval of, and implemented Ph.D. degree program, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, 1977-78
  • Elected to governing board, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 1981
  • Distinguished Scholar, American Nurses' Foundation, 1984
  • Member, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1986
  • Chair, Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, 1992 – 1996
  • In 1998 named 'A Living Legend' by the American Academy of Nursing, and received the President's Medal from New York University
  • Author/editor of fifteen books or monographs and over 100 articles published, including most recent book "Essays in Nursing Leadership (2000)
  • Member and Chair, Lienhard Committee, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, 2000-2004
  • Consultant in academic and health care leadership, 1996 – Present
  • Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Nursing, 2002
  • 2000-2005 Program Director, Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity, a program of the John A. Hartford Foundation

Biographical sketches of Penn Presidents (including Acting and Interim Presidents) and historically significant aspects of University history during each administration.