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Chamberlain College of Nursing Appoints Dr. Beverly Bonaparte Jacksonville Campus President — February 12, 2015

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Current president Dr. Katherine Walls to retire after more than 30 years in healthcare

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 12, 2015 – Chamberlain College of Nursing announced the appointment of Beverly Bonaparte, Ph.D., RN, ANP, FAAN, as president of its Jacksonville campus, effective immediately. She will oversee curriculum implementation; delivery of student services; growth and development of regional clinical partnerships; and management of day-to-day campus operations. Dr. Bonaparte brings more than 35 years of academic, administrative and clinical experience in healthcare to the position.

Before joining Chamberlain, Dr. Bonaparte served in academic leadership roles at Pace University, William Patterson University and St. George’s University, and as director of master’s degree programs at New York University. She was also adjunct professor in the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Bonaparte is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nursing, the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Queens College; a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from Hunter College; and master’s degrees in biophysical pathology and higher education, and a Doctor of Philosophy from New York University.

“I look forward to fostering relationships with local healthcare leaders and clinical partners to broaden experiential learning opportunities for our students so they are positioned for career success,” said Dr. Bonaparte. “As our healthcare system evolves toward a more collaborative patient-care model, I will work to ensure that we are preparing future nurses to work on interprofessional teams to deliver extraordinary care and improve health outcomes.”

Dr. Bonaparte succeeds Katherine Walls, Ph.D., MSN, RN, who is retiring after serving as Jacksonville campus president since 2012. Before her appointment as president, Dr. Walls had been the campus’s dean of academic affairs since its opening in July 2009.  

“Dr. Walls’ commitment to preparing the next generation of nurses has made an immeasurable impact in the four years she served our Jacksonville campus, and we wish her well as she embarks on the next chapter of her life,” said Susan Groenwald, Ph.D., RN, ANEF, FAAN, national president of Chamberlain College of Nursing. “Dr. Bonaparte’s experience serving at decision-making tables within healthcare gives her a unique perspective and makes her an ideal candidate to succeed Dr. Walls. We look forward to her leadership at our Jacksonville campus as she carries on our tradition of providing students with the education needed to make a positive impact as extraordinary nurses in today’s healthcare system.”

Chamberlain’s Jacksonville campus is one of 16 campus locations across the country and one of two campuses located in Florida; the other is in Miramar. For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing and its programs visit




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For 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has been at the forefront of excellence in nursing education. Chamberlain is increasing access to nursing education nationwide with campuses offering the three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and flexible online programs such as the RN to BSN option, Master of Science in Nursing degree program, Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program and Graduate Certificates.

Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( HLC is one of the eight regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Chamberlain College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Associate Degree in Nursing program at the Columbus location is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.

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