Troy University mourns the loss of nursing educator

Posted: Thursday, 15 April 2010

TROY—The Troy University family mourns the loss of long-time health educator and alumna Dr. Geraldine Allen, who directed the University’s graduate nursing program.

Dr. Allen died April 10 after a battle with cancer.

“It is with great sorrow that we accept the news of Dr. Allen’s death,” said Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “Dr. Allen’s leadership and commitment to Troy University and its students will be sorely missed – her legacy will be one of courage, honesty, passion, dedication and hard work. The development of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice program will be a lasting tribute to her leadership.”

Dr. Allen served on the faculty for more than 17 years and directed the Master of Science in Nursing Program. It was in that role she innovated TROY’s first doctoral program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice. That program accepted its first doctoral students in Fall 2009. She was also instrumental in the preparations for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of TROY’s MSN program in 2008.

As a professional, Dr. Allen served as a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) program evaluator. She was also a National League for Nursing Ambassador for Troy University.

She completed her bachelor of science in nursing in 1985, her master of science in nursing in 1987 and her doctorate from the University of Alabama Birmingham in 1998. She earned a post-masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate in 2000 from TROY.