Claire Fagin

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Claire Fagin
Interim President of University of Pennsylvania
Term 1993 – 1994
Predecessor Sheldon Hackney
Successor Judith Rodin
Dean of the School of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania
Term 1977 – 1992
Predecessor Dorothy Mereness
Successor Norma Lang
Born (1926-11-25) November 25, 1926 (age 87)
New York City, New York
Alma mater Columbia University
New York University

Claire Mintzer Fagin, RN, Ph.D, FAAN (born November 25, 1926) is an American nurse, educator, academic, and consultant. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Science from Wagner College, a Master's in Nursing from Columbia University and a Ph.D from New York University, all in New York City.[1]

Throughout her career Fagin has been involved in leading thinking and practice in nurse education, nursing and health policy, geriatric nursing, program leadership and administration. She served as Dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1992, when she left to do geriatric nursing research as a Scholar in Residence at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences. She was Presidential Chair in early 1993 at the University of California, San Francisco.

In 1993 she was named Interim President of the University of Pennsylvania (from July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994), the first woman to serve in the capacity of a university president with any Ivy League university. She continued to focus on geriatric nursing after returning to the professoriate in 1994 and has done so ever since. In 2005 she completed five years as Director of the "John A. Hartford Foundation Program: Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity", which is coordinated in Washington, D.C., at the American Academy of Nursing.

She is Leadership Professor Emerita, Dean Emerita at the University of Pennsylvania and has received 15 honorary doctoral degrees as well as the prestigious Honorary Recognition Award of the American Nurses Association. On November 30, 2006, the nursing education building at the University of Pennsylvania was renamed as Claire M. Fagin Hall.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the UK Royal College of Nursing,[2] was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame in 2010) and is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the Century Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.


Fagin and her husband, Samuel Fagin, have two sons.

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  2. ^ "Claire M Fagin RN PhD DNSc FAAN FRCN". RCN Fellows. Royal College of Nursing. 2002. Archived from the original on 2008-09-04. Retrieved 2011-08-15. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sheldon Hackney
President of the University of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Judith Rodin