Mary Lopez, PhD, RN, MSN
Dean, College of Graduate Nursing
Dean Lopez joined CGN in 2009. She was director of the MSN-E program from 2010 to 2014, and led a team of educators that raised Nursing Board (NCLEX) rates to 100 percent, revised curriculum to include QSEN competencies, and established the first RN Transition to Practice Program in Southern California. She previously served as CGN’s Associate Dean of Research and Administration and Director of the RN to MSN Program. Dr. Lopez became CGN Dean in January 2017. She earned her PhD at Azusa Pacific University, Master of Science in Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at California State University, Fullerton, and Associate Degree in Nursing at Pasadena City College. Her clinical background includes critical care, oncology, and administration.