Pat Sullivan, Ph.D., Will Retire as Dean of Health Professions

  • Date: December 3, 2013
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

Pat Sullivan Sullivan, a registered radiologic and diagnostic medical sonography technologist, served Nebraska Methodist College for 20 years.

OMAHA, Neb. - Nebraska Methodist College President and CEO Dennis Joslin announced that Pat Sullivan, Ph.D., will retire as dean of health professions.

Sullivan, a registered radiologic and diagnostic medical sonography technologist, served Nebraska Methodist College for 20 years. She was hired in 1993 to create, implement and direct the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program (1993-2005). A higher education innovator, Sullivan developed three new associate degree programs, six bachelor's degree programs and three master's degree programs in her tenure as medical imaging department chair (2002-2005) and dean (2005-2013).

"There are not enough words to fully describe Pat's contribution to Nebraska Methodist College," Joslin said.  "The lives she has impacted through her leadership and passion for education and healthcare is immense. Her influence can be seen in the numerous programs she's developed and the thousands of students she has educated. Dr. Sullivan's hard work will be seen for generations to come."

A skilled team builder and accreditation expert, Sullivan recruited and mentored a team of allied health program leaders who will serve the College long into the future. Her programs were routinely accredited for the maximum allowable term. She developed an extensive network of regional clinical education facilities and brought leadership in instructional technology to the College with the launch of NMC's first iPad-based programs.

Sullivan's interest in NMC students extended across the curriculum.  In 2000, she co-founded Dovetales, the all-College book club that now facilitates the College Common Text program for incoming freshman.  As a master teacher, she taught clinical and healthcare ethics to more than a thousand undergraduate nursing and allied health students during her tenure. She also lent her expertise as an ethics lecturer, and consultant with the Methodist Health System in the creation of the NMC crisis management, pandemic and campus safety health policies and plans.

Sullivan served in leadership positions with the College as a member of the Council of Academic Deans, Academic Council (since 1995) and President's Cabinet (2008-2012). In addition to numerous committee appointments  (member and chair roles), she is a member of the ICAN Influence 52 class (2009-2010) and served on the Douglas County Health Department Pandemic Management Planning Committee (2002-2009) and the Board of Directors of the Society of Diagnostic Sonography Education Foundation (2001-2004).

Sullivan was trained in radiography and ultrasound at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, PA and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, respectively. She later worked in the ultrasound departments of Creighton University Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, earning a BS in Radiography from Creighton University at night and then a faculty post at UNMC.

As a recipient of a faculty scholarship by the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Foundation, she completed an MA in history at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and then a Ph.D. in Medical Humanities from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where her dissertation included elements of history, the philosophy of technology and biomedical ethics.

Sullivan has four children. Her oldest son is a graduate student in agricultural economics at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Her oldest daughter is an actor based in New York. Her second daughter is a certified private pilot and a freshman matriculated in the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute. Her youngest son is a junior in high school.


Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College- the Josie Harper Campus is a fully accredited, private health professions college. NMC, an affiliate of Methodist Health System, is one of the top 25 nursing and professional healthcare colleges in the nation. Located in Omaha, Neb. NMC offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees with programs offered on campus and online.