Thomas Edison State College Names New Dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing.

July 10, 2012

Filomela “Phyllis” Marshall, RN, EdD

Filomela “Phyllis” Marshall, RN, EdD

Filomela “Phyllis” Marshall, RN, EdD, of Lafayette Hill, Pa., has been named as the new dean of the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College.

“We are honored that Dr. Marshall is leading our nursing program,” said William J. Seaton, vice president and provost of Thomas Edison State College. “Her professional experience and proven track record of implementing successful program initiatives and curriculum development will continue to strengthen the School.”

Prior to her appointment, Marshall served as associate dean of the School since 2010, where she led the development of the nursing informatics area of study under the Master of Science in Nursing program (MSN) and was instrumental in the successful launch of the School’s Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program.

“I am delighted for the opportunity to serve the College in this new capacity,” said Marshall. “This is an exciting time in nursing education and Thomas Edison State College is at the forefront of this rapidly transforming profession. I look forward to working with the nursing team to continue and enhance the College’s position as a leader in providing accessible quality education.”

Marshall has more than 25 years of experience in nursing education, healthcare administration and on-ground nursing. Since 2000, she has served as a consultant, mentor and chair for the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing’s Curriculum Committee. Prior to joining Thomas Edison State College, Marshall held escalating positions at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa., most recently as a tenured professor and chair of the university’s master of science in nursing program.

Marshall earned a BSN from Lehman College of the City University of New York (CUNY), an MSN in community/public health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing in Philadelphia, and an EdD in curriculum theory and development from Temple University College of Education in Philadelphia.

Marshall fills the position of outgoing dean, Dr. Susan M. O’Brien, who will be assuming the role of associate provost for Special Projects and will work alongside Marshall in her new position.

“I look forward to working with Dr. Marshall as she continues to develop and expand one of the nation’s outstanding nursing programs,” added Seaton. “Our nursing program has undergone rapid innovation and enrollment growth, making it the largest nursing program in New Jersey and one of the largest online RN to BSN programs in the country. We are confident that the School will continue on this trajectory under Marshall’s direction.”

About Thomas Edison State College:
Thomas Edison State College provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults. One of New Jersey’s 12 senior public institutions of higher education, the College offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 100 areas of study. Students earn degrees through a wide variety of rigorous and high-quality academic methods that can be customized to meet their individual needs. Thomas Edison State College is a national leader in the assessment of adult learning and a pioneer in the use of educational technologies. The College is home to The John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy. The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College. Further information about admission to the College may be obtained by calling (888) 442-8372, via e-mail at or by visiting the College website at

About the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing:
The W. Cary Edwards Nursing Program at Thomas Edison State College was established in 1983 to provide academic and career opportunities for RNs in New Jersey seeking an alternative to campus-based bachelor’s education. Enrollments have grown by 245 percent – from 942 in 2008 to 3,252 nursing students today – making it the largest nursing program in New Jersey and one of the largest online, RN to BSN programs in the country. The School’s programs are accredited by the New Jersey Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Of the more than 120 nurse educators utilized by the School, 23 percent are minorities and 72 percent are doctoral-prepared. Many graduates of the School have served in nursing leadership positions and approximately 30 percent go on to graduate-level nursing education.