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Lynn Mertz, PhD

Senior Strategic Policy Advisor

Areas of Expertise

Higher education program design and management, strategic planning, and fund development


Lynn Mertz, PhD is the senior strategic policy advisor for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. In this role, Lynn focuses on nursing education, leadership, and interprofessional collaboration. For more than two decades Lynn has worked in higher education, including at Bloomfield College, a private university in New Jersey, as well as for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, a statewide public policy association serving the private universities in New Jersey. Most recently, she served as deputy director for the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on addressing the nurse faculty shortage. In recent years, Lynn lived in Istanbul, Turkey, where she worked at Özyeğin University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Drew University, a master of urban planning from New York University’s Wagner School, and a PhD in higher education policy from Seton Hall University.

Selected Publication

S. Bakewell-Sachs, L. M. Mertz, D. Egreczky, and M. Ladden, “The New Jersey Nursing Initiative: Building Sustainable Collaboration,” Journal of Professional Nursing 27, no. 6 (November–December 2011): e96–e102.





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