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College Holds Inauguration for 4th President

Baton Rouge, LA – On Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Our Lady of the Lake College held the inauguration of Tina S. Holland, PhD, the fourth President of Our Lady of the Lake College. 

The inauguration ceremony, which took place at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, was attended by a broad representation of students, friends and members of the College as well as civic and healthcare leaders including the Honorable Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana, Melvin “Kip” Holden, J.D., Mayor-President of Baton Rouge and Joseph C. Rallo, PhD, Commissioner of Higher Education of the Louisiana Board of Regents.  Civic, religious and educational leaders as well as members of the College and an alumna spoke during the program to express best wishes to the president.

Institutions of higher education use Presidential inaugurations as an opportunity to formally welcome new leadership and to mark a new vision for the future of the institution.  During the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Holland shared aspects her vision for the College:  to grow educational programs to meet both the needs of students and the community, and to further develop the physical campus, and “in so doing we hope to establish a true sense of place for our campus—a place where we build students professionally, personally and spiritually—to be leaders and servants.” 

Earlier in the day an Inaugural Mass was also held at St. Joseph Cathedral.   The Mass was officiated by the Most Reverend Robert W. Muench, Bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge. 

With the installation of Dr. Holland, Our Lady of the Lake College begins a new chapter in its nearly 100 year history.  Established in 1923 by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, the School of Nursing began as a school of nursing in conjunction with the establishment of Our Lady of the Lake Sanitarium in the Capitol Lake area of downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Revising the curriculum over the years to incorporate advances in medical science, nursing practice and nursing education the school transitioned to a degree-granting institution of higher education in 1989.  By July of 1995 the College was officially renamed Our Lady of the Lake College, earning full accreditation to offer associate degrees. 

After serving as an Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for the LSU System and Chancellor at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, James W. Firnberg EdD served as the College’s first President from 1993 to 1999.  Under his leadership the institution transitioned into an institution accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees.  Michael Smith, PhD served as President from 1999-2006, and was followed by Sandra S. Harper, PhD from 2006-2013.

Currently the College offers a full range of applied arts and science and clinical degrees, now offering associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.  The 25 areas of study include arts and sciences, biology, clinical laboratory sciences, health sciences, liberal studies, nursing, nurse anesthesia, physical therapist assisting, physician assistant studies, radiologic technology and respiratory therapy. 

In addition to an emphasis on academic excellence, Our Lady of the Lake College has continued a promise to serve others begun by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, earning national recognition for its commitment to do service in the community.

For a complete bio for Dr. Holland go to www.ololcollege.edu/office-of-the-president/president-biography

To learn more about Our Lady of the Lake College, please visit www.ololcollege.edu.

For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, OLOL College Communications, at 225-768-1700.  


New Board of Trustee Leader Named

Baton Rouge, LA – Alden L. Andre, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees since 2010, has been named Board of Trustee Chair for Our Lady of the Lake College.  Mr. Andre, a native and resident of Pointe Coupee Parish in Louisiana, completed his Bachelor of Science at Louisiana State University then served for a number of years in the U.S. Army.  During his fifty year career in plastics manufacturing he held various managerial positions at the Baton Rouge Formosa Plastics corporation and established two sister company plant sites in Pointe Coupee Parish.  Mr. Andre has served on numerous Boards of Directors including the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana Chemical Association and the Capital Area United Way.

Other current Board leadership includes Redfield Bryan, M.D. who serves as the Board’s Vice-Chair. 

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About Our Lady of the Lake College

Offering doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, Our Lady of the Lake College is a four-year, independent Catholic institution, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and continuing its highly-regarded health sciences and nursing programs.  Established in 1923 as a nursing school by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL), Our Lady of the Lake College holds to a Franciscan tradition of service, offering a healing and spiritual presence for the community and especially those most in need.  To learn more about Our Lady of the Lake College, please visit www.ololcollege.edu.


Professor of Nursing Receives National Recognitions

Baton Rouge, LA – Lisa Skemp, PhD, RN, Professor of Nursing at Our Lady of the Lake College, has recently received recognition from two national academic organizations, the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. 

During the American Academy of Nursing’s Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference on October 18, 2014, in Washington, DC., Dr. Skemp was inducted as a American Academy of Nursing Fellow, an award that recognizes individuals for their leadership in education, management, and policy focused on improving health.  Being named an Academy fellow is a prestigious honor that is, according to the American Academy of Nursing selection criteria, based on the “extent the nominee’s nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and wellbeing of all.”   

Academy fellows represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 24 countries.  In the 2014 class of 168 nurse leaders, Dr. Skemp was the only individual inducted from the state of Louisiana.

Additionally, during the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Scientific meeting held on November 5-9, 2014 in Washington, DC, Dr. Skemp was awarded GSA fellow status.  GSA fellowship is peer recognition for outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology.  This distinction recognizes activities that include research, teaching, administration, and public service.

Dr. Skemp, who serves as Our Lady of the Lake College’s Sister Agnes Marie Fitzsimons Endowed Chair of Gerontological Nursing, organizes interdisciplinary participation in gerontological study and encourages student involvement in gerontology practice and research.  She draws upon her experience as a nurse scholar to promote health and quality of life for elders by encouraging regional research collaborations and conducting domestic and international research related to healthy aging.  

Offering doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees, Our Lady of the Lake College is a four-year, independent Catholic institution, providing a strong foundation in the liberal arts and continuing its highly-regarded health sciences and nursing programs.  Established in 1923 as a nursing school by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL), Our Lady of the Lake College holds to a Franciscan tradition of service, offering a healing and spiritual presence for the community and especially those most in need. 


For additional information, please call Elaine Crowe, OLOL College Communications, at 225-768-1700.


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