Dr. Mary L. Botter Named Nursing Chair at Southern Vermont College

January 21, 2014

Southern Vermont College is pleased to welcome back to Vermont Dr. Mary Botter as its new chair of nursing. Dr. Botter was Executive Director of the Vermont Board of Nursing in the Office of the Secretary of State in Montpelier from 2007 to 2011. Earlier in her career, she served on the faculty and as an Associate Dean at the School of Nursing at the University of Vermont.

“Dr. Botter brings a wealth of experience in nursing education, including in Vermont, to SVC’s newly established BSN degree program,” said Karen Gross, SVC President. “We are happy with the progress of our new program and look forward to Dr. Botter’s leadership. Under her guidance, we know Dr. Botter will facilitate the completion of our new program’s accreditation and insure that our students are fully prepared for the healthcare workforce of the 21st century. We are delighted she will be a part of the SVC community.”

“I am so happy to be returning to Vermont and joining a terrific college community and promising new nursing program,” said Dr. Botter. “SVC’s nursing graduates are known for providing outstanding care to patients in hospitals and other clinical settings in our region and across the nation.”
The baccalaureate in nursing program has provisional approval from the Vermont Board of Nursing allowing graduates to complete the National Council Licensure Examination for a nursing license. National accreditation is anticipated to be effective later this year.

“Nearly 40 new students are enrolled in this track – which is amazing for a new academic program. We enjoy giving these students more individualized attention as they proceed through their classes, “said President Gross. “Our BSN graduates will be empowered with a degree that is recognized and valued by health care facilities and providers.”

Dr. Botter, most recently, was the Associate Dean of the College of Nursing and Associate Professor of Nursing at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. From 2002-2005, she was a consultant and coach for senior health care executives in the consulting group of Global Health Solutions, Computer Sciences Corporation.

From early in her career, Dr. Botter has developed and taught in a number of nursing degree education programs.  She began her career as an obstetrics/newborn and NICU staff nurse and then nursing administrator.

Dr. Botter is a distinguished author and presenter. She has many publications in various trade and clinical publications and has presented more than 40 times at various conferences and groups, nationally and internationally.

From 1997-2000, Dr. Botter was the Project Director of a federal grant from the Health and Resources Services Administration-Bureau of Health Professions. Dr. Botter has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her research, professional contributions and visionary leadership in the field of nursing.

In addition to her prestigious career, Dr. Botter is very active in her professional community, serving as a board member on more than ten boards of directors since 1984. She is also an active member on various committees and organizations – ranging from president and chairman to secretary and is currently an active member in five professional organizations and associations.

Dr. Botter began her education at Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing as well as her PhD from the university, with a focus on nursing administration.