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Dr. Holly Seirup Named Among Top 50 Women in Business

Holly Seirup, EdD, dean of the School of Health Professions and Human Services and professor of counseling and educational leadership, has been named to Long Island Business News’ list of Top 50 Women in Business for 2019. 

Now in its 19th year, the honor recognizes the region’s top women professionals for their business acumen, mentorship, and community engagement.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be recognized alongside so many accomplished women who represent wide-ranging professions across the Long Island region,” said Dr. Seirup, who served as vice dean of the School of Health Professions and Human Services (HPHS) before being appointed dean in 2017.  “It continues to be my goal to expand our partnerships with local and regional organizations to provide opportunities for our students, faculty, and community to engage in meaningful practice that support collaboration across many sectors.  It is with these types of partnerships that we can further our mission to make a difference in the lives of others and to advocate for equity with compassion and empathy.” 

Under Dr. Seirup’s leadership, undergraduate enrollment at HPHS has increased by almost 60 percent since the school was founded in 2012, and new graduate and advanced certificate programs have been added in health informatics, occupational therapy, public health, substance abuse counseling, and gerontology.

She joined Hofstra in 1982 and held various positions in Residential Life and the Dean of Students office and also served as Vice President of Campus Life, before joining the faculty.  In 2014, she was chosen by graduating students as the HPHS Teacher of the Year, and in 2015 she was awarded the Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member by the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Dr. Seirup was recognized, along with other Top 50 Women in Business honorees, at a ceremony at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY on October 24, which was attended by more than 600 of Long Island’s top business leaders. 

The School of Health Professions and Human Services has quickly become a recognized national leader in preparing students to meet the growing demand in the workforce for well-trained and highly skilled healthcare professionals. It boasts five undergraduate majors, 14 graduate degrees, and 12 advanced certificates and professional diplomas within three departments, including 12 accredited or professionally recognized programs. Students go on to rewarding careers in schools, clinics, government and community agencies, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities – not only as experts in the science of their discipline, but also as compassionate advocates who make a difference in the lives of others.

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