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Mary Ellen Kocis
School of Nursing

Mary Ellen Kocis, M.S.N., R.N., Assistant Professor of Nursing

Diploma, Youngstown Hospital Association School of Nursing, Youngstown, Ohio, 1947; B.S.N., Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, 1956; M.S.N. in administration and supervision of nursing education, Western Reserve University, Cleveland.

Cadet in United States Cadet Nurse Corps while in nursing school; maternity and staff nursing, Youngstown Hospital; lieutenant, United States Navy Nursing Corps during the Korean conflict; director of nursing service, Hillside Hospital, Warren, Ohio; assistant professor of nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 1963-1964; director of nursing, Division of Academic Centers and Continuing Education, Kent State University, starting in November 1966.

Kocis developed and directed new associate degree nursing programs at the Ashtabula and Tuscarawas County campuses of Kent State University, which was the first state university in Ohio to receive Ohio Board of Regents’ approval to award such a degree. Kent State Ashtabula celebrated 50 years of excellence in nursing during the 2016-2017 academic year.