Susan Lynn Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

susan groenwald
President, Chamberlain College of Nursing
PhD in Higher Education Leadership
Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
Certificate in Business Administration
University of Illinois Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
MS in Oncology Nursing
Rush University, Chicago, IL
BS in Nursing
Rush University, Chicago, IL
Certificate in Rehabilitation Nursing
Peoria Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diploma in Nursing
West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park, IL
                Registered Nurse licensure in Illinois #041-136953



Chamberlain College of Nursing

(Institution of DeVry Education Group)                                                                                  2006-current


  • Grew newly acquired single location regionally accredited college of nursing to 20 sites in 14 states; grew enrollment from 400 to over 27,000 in 10 years
  • Launched online MSN program with 5 specialty tracks including FNP
  • Launched  DNP program with two leadership tracks:  advanced practice and health systems leadership
  • Graduated over 21,000 nurses with BSN since 2006.

§  Developed and implemented new student success/service excellence model called Chamberlain Care ©, which was adopted by thirteen DeVry Education Group institutions that serve over 120,000 students in 6 countries.

§  Improved BSN NCLEX first time pass rates 8%, and decreased attrition by 64 %.

  • Selected as DeVry Education Group executive sponsor for service excellence initiative

§  Led development of the L-E-A-D-S (leadership, emotional intelligence, academic, delivery, service) program, an academic leadership development program that addresses five key areas of leadership acumen required for success for academic leaders.

§  Launched Chamberlain College of Nursing Phi Pi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

  • Sustained world class employee engagement scores (mid 70%) despite significant growth
  • Grew leadership develop program to achieve 8.7 leadership effective rating (10 pt. scale)
  • Secured multi-million dollar funding support to establish the National League for Nursing/Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of the Science of Nursing Education, and the Sigma Theta Tau International/Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for Excellence in Nursing Education.


fOCUSED hEALTH SOLUTIONS, INC.                                                                                                        2004-2005

Director of Clinical Operations


  • Contracted with large self-insured employers including Toyota, GE, Exelon to deliver telephonic education to their employees with chronic illnesses
  • Managed 100 person nurse call center; improved productivity by 28% while increasing call center staff by 200% in a year.
  • Created new department to conduct outbound telesales and generated $1mm in incremental revenue in 4 months.
  • Wrote and implemented new cancer symptom management program.
  • Led NCQA first-time accreditation process.  Prepared for review in 4 months’ time and achieved full accreditation with no recommendations.


GRO Enterprises, Inc. (Was acquired and became intagio trading network in 1999)                                            

Various leadership positions at new company Intagio                                                                     1999-2003

President, CEO                                                                                                                                                   1984-1999

Executive Vice President, Trade Director                                                                                              1981-1984

§  Led membership-based commercial trade exchange company to over $4.5 million in annual revenue with 3000 business members, 4 offices in 4 states, and 50 employees.

§  Drove 180% total revenue growth over 5 years with new pricing strategy.

  • Reduced annual member attrition from 27% to 17% within 5-year period through operational improvements.

§  Company recognized as one of top three commercial trade exchanges in the world.

§  Company was acquired in 1999. Stayed on at acquirer (Intagio Trading Network) through 2003 in variety of positions including VP operations responsible for 14 locations and 200 staff in the US and Canada; and VP business development and strategy.  Successfully led start-up operations in Texas and California.







Senior Program Director in Nursing                                                                                                         1979-1981


Grant-writer to secure funding for statewide cancer education and care delivery programs.  Delivered educational workshops and seminars about cancer care throughout the State of Illinois.



Coordinator, Oncology Graduate Program                                                                                           1977 - 1979


Responsible for administration of the oncology graduate program including curriculum development and delivery, coordinating academic advising of master’s degree students, preparing grant requests, planning and teaching courses in graduate program, coordinating student practicum experiences, serving as preceptor to designated students in clinical area and participating in patient care services.


Practitioner-Teacher/Assistant Professor                                                                                            1975-1977


Joint appointment in College of Nursing and university medical center

Maintained caseload of oncology patients both in hospital and outpatient settings.

Provided consultation service in specialty of oncology within hospital

Implemented weekly oncology nursing rounds program

Chairman, Medical Nursing Forum Committee

Co-course director, medical-surgical nursing concentrated study

Task force, oncology concentrated study

Task force, biological sciences

Clinical instructor for junior or senior students each quarter

Primary lecturer for didactic material in pathophysiology, oncology nursing concepts, immunology, pain management

Developed and taught concentrated studies course for seniors interested in oncology nursing – both didactic and clinical


Staff Nurse, Medical Nursing                                                                                                                      1973-1975



Rehabilitation Nurse                                                                                                                                     1972-1973


Established rehabilitation program in community hospital.  Led inter-professional team with physician, social worker, community health nurse, physical therapist and chaplain to provide comprehensive rehabilitative care to CVA patients, amputees, patients needing bladder and bowel training, etc.  Involved in teaching patients, staff, and students in the school of nursing.


Staff Nurse, Medical Nursing                                                                                                                     1970-1972








American Academy of Nursing

American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities

American Council on Education

Oncology Nursing Society

Sigma Theta Tau International, Gamma Phi and Pi Phi Chapters

American Organization of Nurse Executives

National League for Nursing

Illinois Association of Women in Higher Education

American Nurses’ Association




2016-present                                                     Board of Directors, DeVry Foundation


2015-present                                                     Advisory Board, National Nursing Education Research Network


2014- present                                                    Strategic Action Task Force, National League for Nursing


2014- present                                                    Board of Trustees, Carrington College


2013                                                                       Virginia Henderson Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International


2013-present                                                     Editorial Review Board, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness


2012-present                                                     Advisory Board, Center for Excellence in Nursing Education, Sigma Theta Tau International


2012-present                                                     Board of Trustees, Chamberlain College of Nursing


2011-present                                                     Executive Sponsor, Service Excellence, DeVry Education Group


1986-1997                                                            President, Board of Directors, International Reciprocal Trade Association


1984-1999                                                            Board of Directors, International Reciprocal Trade Association


1995-1997                                                            Advisory Board, National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter


1991-1995                                                            Editorial Board, Seminars in Oncology Nursing


1971-1984                                                            Education Committee, Oncology Nursing Society


1981- 1988                                                           Editorial Board, Oncology Nursing Forum


1978-1981                                                            Editorial Board, Cancer Nursing, and International Journal for Cancer Care


1980-1981                                                            Vice President, Chicago Chapter Oncology Nursing Society


1977-1979                                                            Board of Directors, Oncology Nursing Society


1977-1980                                                            Professional Education Committee, American Cancer Society


1975-1980                                                            Member, Nurses’ Education Panel, Illinois Cancer Council


1979                                                                       Chairperson, Committee on Entry into Practice

                                                                                Oncology Nursing Society


1977-1979                                                            Joint Practice Committee

                                                                                Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center


1977-1979                                                            Program Committee, Gamma Phi Chapter

                                                                                Sigma Theta Tau


1976-1978                                                            Nursing Staff Organization Planning Committee

                                                                                Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center


1976-1978                                                            Rush College of Nursing Faculty Senate


1976-1977                                                            President, Rush College of Nursing Honor Society of Nursing


1976-1977                                                            Program Committee, Council of Clinical Specialists, Illinois Nurses’ Association


1976                                                                       Chairman, Statewide workshop to develop position paper on oncology nursing for the State of Illinois


1975-1977                                                            Coordinator of “Oncology Nursing”, a 10-week continuing education course sponsored by the American Cancer Society









September 2016                                               Taking Care of Faculty.  Presentation at National League for Nursing Annual Education Summit, Orlando, FL


August 2016                                                       Why Involvement in Nursing Organizations Matters to Your Career.  Phi Pi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International induction ceremony.  Chicago, IL.


December 2015                                                Are you the Kind of Nurse You Want Taking Care of Your Child?  Graduation Keynote.  Chamberlain College of Nursing combined Chicago area campuses.


November 2015                                                Leadership and Values:  Graduation of Catalyst Aspire Leadership Development Program.  DeVry Education Group


November 2015                                                Improving Institutional and Student Outcomes Through Transformation to a Culture of Care

                                                                                43rd Symposium, Sigma Theta Tau Biennial Convention, Las Vegas, November 2015


March 2015                                                         Making it Happen. International Women’s Day.  DeVry Education Group, Downers Grove, IL


February 2015                                                   Transforming Educational Culture Through a Model of Care.  National League for Nursing Leadership Summit, San Antonio, TX


January 2015                                                      The Thirteen Lessons I’ve Learned About Life and Leadership. Keynote Speech, Empowering Women Network Meeting, Chicago, IL


September 2014                                               Transforming Educational Culture Through a Model of Care. National League for Nursing Annual Summit, Phoenix, AZ


July 2014                                                              Measuring Student Loyalty with Net Promoter Score®:  Goldmine or Waste?  Sigma Theta Tau International 25th International Nursing Research Congress, Hong Kong


July 2014                                                              Debunking the Myths About Private Sector Nursing Education: Sigma Theta Tau International 25th International Nursing Research Congress, Hong Kong


March 2014                                                         Caring and Service Excellence in Higher Education. DeVry Education Group Annual TEACH Awards Summit, Chicago, IL


October 2013                                                     Are you the Kind of Nurse You Would Want Taking Care of Your Child? Graduation keynote:  Chamberlain College of Nursing, Columbus, Houston, Chicago campuses


March 2013                                                         Are you the Kind of Nurse You Would Want Taking Care of Your Child? Graduation keynote:  Chamberlain College of Nursing, Jacksonville campus


September 2012                                               Are you the Kind of Nurse You Would Want Taking Care of Your Child? Graduation keynote: Chamberlain College of Nursing Chicago campus


June, 2012                                                           Are you the Kind of Nurse You Would Want Taking Care of Your Child? Graduation keynote: Chamberlain College of Nursing St. Louis campus


April, 2012                                                           Panelist, Center to Champion Nursing in America Regional Meeting, Minneapolis

                                                                                “How online delivery methods and proprietary partnerships can facilitate quality and access to BSN programs.”


September, 2010                                             Leadership.  Rush University College of Nursing, Gamma Phi Chapter Sigma Theta Tau


May, 1987                                                           The Biology of Cancer.  Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress.


September 1987                                               Trends in Cancer Treatment, Medical Center, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 


May, 1981                                                           A Survey of Cancer Content Taught and Resources Utilized in Schools of Nursing in Illinois.  Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress, Baltimore, MD


November, 1980                                              Physiology of the Immune System. West Suburban Hospital


October, 1980                                                    Pathophysiology of Cancer. Triton College

                                                                                10 week course on cancer           


October, 1980                                                    Infection in the Immunosuppressed Cancer Patient

                                                                                Horizons 80.  Illinois Nurses’ Association.


October, 1979                                                    Are We Death and Dying Our Patients to Death?

                                                                                Minneapolis, MN


October, 1979                                                    Are We Death and Dying Our Patients to Death?

                                                                                Rockford School of Medicine continuing Education Program, Rockford, IL


June, 1979                                                           Standards of Oncology Nursing Care. The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH


May, 1979                                                           Are We Death and Dying Our Patients to Death?

                                                                                University of Illinois Regional Campus, Peoria, IL


April, 1979                                                           Cancer – Progress and Changes Rush Nurses’ Alumni Association


February, 1978                                                  Pathophysiology of Cancer.  Edwards Hospital, Naperville, IL


February, 1978                                                  Living with Cancer, Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Woman’s Board


September, 1978                                             Are We Death and Dying Our Patients to Death?

                                                                                Forum for Death Education and Counseling, Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.


April, 1978                                                           Physiology of the Immune System. American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Chicago, IL


April, 1978                                                           Are We Death and Dying Our Patients to Death?

                                                                                Oncology Nursing Society Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.


January, 1978                                                     Nursing Update: Nursing Care of the Cancer Patient. Oak Park Hospital.


November, 1977                                              Nursing Assessment of the Cancer Patient. Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, IL


June, 1977                                                           Oncology Chemotherapy Today:  Professional Issues and Answers.  Illinois Nurses’ Association.


October, 1976                                                    The Stress of Toxic Challenge in Cancer Chemotherapy

                                                                                First Annual Oncology Nursing Symposium, Rush University, Chicago.


Groenwald, S.L. (2016). Joining healthcare boards:  Recognizing the contribution of nurses. Advance for Nurses, 2(3), 19-20.

Groenwald, S. (2015). Nursing investment:  Good work environments pay off. Advance for Nurses, November 11, 2015.

Groenwald, S.L. (2015). Helping students stay in college (op ed). Philadelphia Inquirer, October 16, 2015.

Groenwald, S.L. (2015) 9 tips to help you achieve your education goals.  Blog February 19, 2015

Groenwald, S.L. (2013) Reflections on my educational journey.  Blog March

Groenwald, S.L., (2004) Looking back. Barter News Magazine.

Yarbro, C.H., Frogge, M., Goodman, M.S., Groenwald, S.L. (Eds) (2001). Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practices, 5th edition.  Sudbury:  Jones and Bartlett.

Groenwald, S.L., Goodman, M., Hansen, M., & Yarbro, C.H. (Eds) (1998). Clinical Guide to Cancer Nursing. Boston:  Jones and Bartlett.

Groenwald, S.L. (1997). Hot tip: Customer Service.

Groenwald, S.L. (1997). The Nuts and Bolts of Trade Purchasing:  Barter News Magazine.

LeMarbre, P.J. and Groenwald, S.L. (1997). Biology of cancer.  In Cancer Nursing:  Principles and Practice (ed 4). Boston:  Jones and Bartlett.

Groenwald, S.L., Goodman, M.S., Yarbro, C.H., & Frogge, M.H. (Eds.) (1996,1999)  Cancer Symptom Management.  Boston:  Jones and Bartlett.

Groenwald, S.L., Goodman, M., Hansen, M., & Yarbro, C.H. (Eds) (1992, 1995). Comprehensive Cancer Review. (1992, 1995). Boston: 

Jones and Bartlett Yarbro, J.W., and Groenwald, S.L. (1993). Milestones in our understanding of the causes of cancer.  In Cancer Nursing:  Principles and Practice (ed. 3), Boston:  Jones and Bartlett.

Groenwald, S.L. and Kupchella, C.E. (1992) (Guest editors) Special issue of Seminars  in Oncology Nursing dedicated to the biology of cancer.

Groenwald, S.L., Goodman, M., Hansen, M., & Yarbro, C.H. (Eds). 1990, 1993, 1997, Cancer Nursing:  Principles and Practice (2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions. Boston: Jones and Bartlett

Groenwald, S.L. (1987) (Ed). Cancer Nursing:  Principles and Practice. Boston, MA:  Jones and Bartlett.

Brown, J.K., Johnson, J.L., & Groenwald, S.L. (1983) Survey of cancer education in United States schools of nursing. Oncology Nursing Forum 10(4), 82-83.

Stewart, M., Groenwald, S., & Gunzburger, L. (1982). Survey of cancer content and utilization of resources in curricula of Illinois schools of nursing. Progress in Clinical and Biological Research, 83. 485-498.

Hilderley, L. and Groenwald, S (1981).  Why the ONS has not taken a position on the Equal Rights Amendment. Oncology Nursing Forum, 8(4), 44-46.

Groenwald, S.L. (1980) Physiology of the immune system.  Heart and Lung.  9(4), 645-650.

Groenwald, S.L.  (1980). Exploring nursing issues:  Entry into practice. Oncology Nursing Forum, 7(1), 23-27.

Bermensolo, P. & Groenwald, S.L. (1978). Are we death and dying our patients to death? Oncology Nursing Forum, 5(4).  

Groenwald, S. and Oleske, D (Eds) (1977). Looking forward:  Oncology nursing in the State of Illinois.  Chicago:  Illinois Cancer Council.


Groenwald, S.L. (2013). Students’ loyalty to their college: Factors that predict student Net Promoter Score ratings. Dissertation, PhD in Education, February, 2013. Capella University.

Brown, J.K., Johnson, J.B., & Groenwald, S.L. (1980). Survey of cancer education in U.S. schools of nursing.  Pittsburgh. Oncology Nursing Society.  Supported by grant from American Cancer Society, Inc.


§  Distinguished Alumna Award, York  Community High School, Elmhurst, Illinois, November, 2015

§  Jeanne Slack Leadership Award, Gamma Phi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, February 2015

§  Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, October, 2014

§  Fellow, National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education, September, 2014

§  Legends of Barter Award 2009, International Reciprocal Trade Association

§  Lifetime Achievement Award, International Reciprocal Trade Association, 2003

§  Inducted into Barter Hall of Fame 1999

§  Woman Business Owner of the Year, National Association of Women Business Owners, Chicago Chapter, April, 1999.

§  Blue Chip Enterprise Award, Illinois recipient, US Chamber of Commerce and Mass Mutual,  1999

§  General Excellence, Customer Service, Best Employer: Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. Working Woman Magazine and Bank One, all in 1999.

§  25 Outstanding Business Women Award, Business Ledger , 1998.

§  Book of the Year Award, American Nurses’ Association, Cancer Nursing: Principles and Practice, 1988.

§  Distinguished Service Award, International Reciprocal Trade Association, 1987

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