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College of Science and Health

In a move to better address today’s health care needs and enhance its mission to provide a values-based education, Benedictine University announced the establishment of a College of Science and Health. Dr. Elizabeth Ritt, who joined Benedictine in 2011 as chair and professor of Nursing and Health, will be Dean of the new College.

The move restructures the College of Education and Health Services and streamlines Benedictine Colleges from four to three: Science & Health, Liberal Arts and Business. Benedictine will continue to offer its full complement of Education courses through the School of Education.

“This new College will provide students with both the knowledge and inspiration to help solve our world’s health problems today and into the future,” said Benedictine President Charles Gregory. “Students will find a wide-variety of course options in science and health designed specifically to prepare them for careers in these fields.”

The re-imagining of science and health into a single college will result in innovative collaborations and curriculums that offers students the opportunity to take a new and creative mix of courses that brings disciplines together to study complex problems such as global warming and public health by integrating fields such as chemistry and biology. Newbold said the University will provide experiences inside and out of the classroom that enables students to successfully pursue their next level of education and/or their occupational goal.

College of Science and Health

Elizabeth Ritt, EdD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE
Dean, Science & Health
eritt@ben.edu
(630) 829-1933

College of Science and Health

Cheryl Mascarenhas, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Science & Health
cmascarenhas@ben.edu
(630) 829-6587

School of Education

James Pelech, Ed.D.
Department Chair
Professor, Teacher Education Preparation
jpelech@ben.edu
630-829-6280