Dr. Yam Appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs

Jersey City – Marylou Yam, Ph.D., has been appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs for Saint Peter’s College, effective June 1, 2008.  Dr. Yam, who previously served as the Academic Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and School of Business Administration, has been at the forefront of Saint Peter’s program advancement since joining the College in 1989.
“I have absolute confidence in Dr. Yam’s leadership and look forward to working with her to build and strengthen the College, and to deepen our commitment to high academic standards,” noted Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, President of the College.


Dr. Yam initially joined Saint Peter’s College as an instructor in the Department of Nursing. In 1997, she expanded Saint Peter’s nursing education portfolio with the addition of a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree, becoming Director of the program.  In 2000, she was named the Chairperson of the Nursing Department and one year later, became the Associate Dean of Nursing. 


In 2002, Dr. Yam led the development of the Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Bridge Program, as well as the B.S.N. to M.S.N. Program Option. She was promoted to full professor status in 2004, and in 2006, was appointed the Academic Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and School of Business Administration.

As Academic Dean, Dr. Yam collaborated with colleagues on several projects, including faculty and program development initiatives, a common reading program and sophomore success program, as well as enhancements to the academic advisement system.


A tireless advocate of high academic standards, Dr. Yam was responsible for successfully guiding the Saint Peter’s Generic B.S.N. Program application through the state regulatory process. Additional accomplishments for Dr. Yam include leading the Department of Nursing through two successful national accreditation reviews.  


Widely published, Dr. Yam is on the Board of Trustees of the Grupe Foundation, an organization that awards scholarships to students in medical and nursing schools. Dr. Yam’s significant contributions to nursing and health care recently gained her inclusion in the Teachers College Columbia University Nursing Education Alumni Hall of Fame.


She earned her B.S.N. in 1981 from Mercy College. She went on to earn her M.A. and Ed. M. degrees in Nursing Education from Teachers College of Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Adelphi University. She completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. 


Born in the Bronx, she was raised there and in Fort Lee, N.J. Dr. Yam currently resides in Oradell, NJ with her husband David.  They have a son, Michael.


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Saint Peter’s College is the Jesuit College of New Jersey. Founded in 1872, Saint Peter’s has an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The main campus is located in Jersey City. The College has a branch campus for adults in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and also offers courses at various corporate sites at the Jersey City waterfront and in South Amboy, NJ.