M. Louise Fitzpatrick Award for Transformative Leadership

Dean M. Louise Fitzpatrick

The M. Louise Fitzpatrick Award for Transformative Leadership is named in memory of M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor of Nursing, who led Villanova University’s College of Nursing from 1978 until her death in 2017. During those nearly 40 years, she developed the College into a premier nursing program, recognized repeatedly by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. She is remembered as one of the most vibrant, transformative leaders in the history of Villanova University.

A crystal bowl is presented to the recipient of the M. Louise Fitzpatrick Award for Transformative Leadership

The following criteria will guide the selection process. The award should be conferred upon a person who demonstrates:

  • transformative leadership that has brought about change in nursing, health and/or health care
  • a visionary perspective
  • a commitment to excellence
  • a concern for human dignity, ethics, service, diversity, underserved and vulnerable populations, and social justice, nationally and globally, that reflects the values and mission of Villanova University and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

In addition, the awardee:

  • is not required to be a nurse or an alumnus of Villanova University
  • must not be a member of the Selection Committee
  • must be able to attend, receive award, and present the Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing. The award will not be conferred in absentia.

The award was first given during the 29th Annual Mass and Dedication Ceremony held April 7, 2018. The inaugural recipient was Mary D. Naylor '71 BSN, PhD, RN, FAAN.


2018: Mary Duffin Naylor '71 BSN, PhD, RN, FAAN

Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology, Director of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Trustee, Villanova University

Dr. Naylor is the architect of the Transitional Care Model (TCM), an advanced practice nurse-coordinated, team-based innovation targeting high risk older adults that is recognized as a top evidence-based approach with a positive impact on the health and well-being of chronically ill older adults across the U.S., while assuring wiser use of societal resources. It is also being leveraged globally.