Three Honored with Nebraska Methodist College Emeritus Status For the First Time

  • Date: April 26, 2013
  • Author: NMC Public Relations

emeritus faculty image Three retired professors earn the Emeritus rank for the first time in College history.

OMAHA - Nebraska Methodist College - the Josie Harper Campus honored three former faculty members with the rank of Emeritus for the first time in the College's 122 year history. Marilyn Valerio, Ph.D., retired Dean of Nursing; Charlotte Herman, Ph.D., retired nursing faculty; and Margie Dubes, Ph.D., retired Arts & Sciences faculty were honored at a reception on Thursday, April 25.

The Emeritus designation is regarded as an extraordinary designation that is granted to those individuals who have made a significant contribution to Nebraska Methodist College (NMC). The bestowal of Emeritus Status is meant to formally recognize retiring faculty members and/or administrative personal for their remarkable service, academic instruction, and scholarly endeavors. This is the first time the emeritus rank will be given.

Dr. Valerio, who started at NMC in 1993 as an assistant professor, was the dean of nursing from 2005 - 2012. She is recognized as a leader in the nursing field and in the community. Her work is driven by a passion for nursing and for the health of the communities that nurses serve. In her tenure at NMC, Dr. Valerio oversaw dramatic growth and reorganization within the Division of Nursing. She worked to create a caring culture and supported a strong commitment to community engagement. Dr. Valerio will be honored with the rank of Dean Emerita.

Dr. Herman was a loyal faculty member of the College for more than 21 years, before her retirement in 2010. During her time at NMC, she served a variety of roles in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She made a significant and long lasting contribution to nursing education as she was instrumental in the development of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and curriculum at Nebraska Methodist College. Dr. Herman will be honored with the rank of Professor Emerita.

Dr. Dubes spent 49 years as an educator, with 21 of those years at Nebraska Methodist College in the division of arts & sciences. Her tenure with NMC began shortly after the transition to a degree-granting institution with her service being critical to the long-term success of the College. Dr. Dubes served on a various curriculum committees, which served instrumental during the transition to a baccalaureate-granting institution. Dr. Dubes will be honored with the rank of Professor Emerita.

"These three women exemplify what it means to be an educator," said Dennis Joslin, Ph.D., Nebraska Methodist College President & CEO. "They provided astounding service to this College and we honored to bestow the emeritus rank upon them."


Established in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College is a fully accredited, private nursing and healthcare professions college, and an affiliate of Methodist Health System. Located in Omaha, Neb., NMC offers certificate, undergraduate, graduate and professional development programs on campus and online.  For more information about the College, visit