Leadership Team

The University of Rochester School of Nursing is guided and directed by a team of accomplished and inspiring leaders who embody our historic mission of unifying nursing education, practice, and research.


Kathy H. Rideout

Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP


Kathy Rideout, EdD, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, has served the School of Nursing community for more than 25 years as a nurse practitioner, teacher, scholar, and administrator. When appointed as dean in 2012, Rideout said that her “greatest source of pride will be in seeing the continual success of our students, faculty, and staff and in helping the school carry out the strategic goals that will position us as leaders in research, practice, and education.”

Dean Rideout has invigorated and diversified enrollment, and launched an ambitious strategic plan while continuing to work with children and families as a pediatric ostomy nurse practitioner, and serving as vice president of the University of Rochester Medical Center.  

She has also been a champion for diversity issues – both on the faculty and student level – and has been an influential voice in national discussions on interprofessional education, nursing school leadership, and the future of nursing education. In 2016, Rideout was honored for her commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion with a UR Presidential Diversity Award. Under her leadership, the School was selected five years in a row for the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

Contact the Dean’s Office

(585) 275-8902


Sally Norton

Sally Norton, PhD, RN, FNAP, FPCN, FAAN

Associate Dean for Research

Sally Norton, PhD, RN, FNAP, FPCN, FAAN, a longtime faculty member at the School and a nationally-recognized expert in palliative care research, was named associate dean for research April 1, 2019.  In a career dedicated to improving the care of patients with advanced illness, Norton’s research has focused on palliative care and end-of-life decision-making with emphases on the communication processes and practice patterns of care delivery in acute and long-term care settings. She has also worked successfully across professions to improve communication and understanding surrounding systems of palliative care and hospice delivery, and to pinpoint the approaches most meaningful to patients and families that lead to the highest quality outcomes.

(585) 275-9814


Renu Singh

Renu Singh, MS

Senior Associate Dean of Operations

With 25 years of leadership experience in health care program design and implementation, finance, and operations, Renu Singh, MS, has a passion for wellness which has led to the development of the school’s evidence-based wellness program, where she also currently serves as CEO.

(585) 275-2830


Lydia Rotondo

Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS

Associate Dean for Education and Student Affairs

The education mission is led by Lydia Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, FNAP, who was named associate dean in 2015 and served as director of the school’s DNP program since 2014. Rotondo is a national contributor to advancing DNP education and a member of AACN’s Essentials Implementation Faculty Toolkit workgroup. She has published and presented on DNP scholarship, competency-based education, and integration of technology in nursing education. She was selected as a 2018 AACN Leadership for Academic Nursing Fellow and 2020 Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

Rotondo’s vision as the associate dean for education and student affairs has been the development of a learning organization that fosters collaboration and creativity to design novel educational approaches in active learning environments to prepare graduates for the complexity of 21st century health care. Under her leadership, there has been strategic investment in building academic-practice partnerships, expanding education technology, and developing academic innovation infrastructure to optimize teaching and learning in an inclusive, supportive environment.

(585) 276-5424


Mitchell Wharton

Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS

Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion

Mitchell J. Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, an accomplished educator, researcher, and clinician, was named associate dean for equity and inclusion in February, 2021. Wharton has been an integral figure in the school’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for the past several years. He has been co-chair of the Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness since 2018 and the faculty advisor for the student-led Leading with Integrity For Tomorrow (LIFT) program since 2014. He has also been a co-facilitator for the school’s Racial Equity Series, served on the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, and served as the School of Nursing’s representative to the Academic Community Engagement Collaborative. He was honored with the School of Nursing’s Mary Dombeck Diversity Enhancement Faculty Awards in 2020. As associate dean, Wharton will work to more fully integrate issues of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the school.

(585) 276-9348


Kelly Talarczyk

Kelly Talarczyk, MBA

Chief Financial Officer 

With a public accounting background and over 30 years of financial experience at the University of Rochester, Kelly Talarczyk, MBA, has served as an advisor to the Dean since 2015. She provides overall financial and strategic direction for the budgetary and fiscal affairs of the School of Nursing, including planning, monitoring, and controlling financial plans and policies. In her role, Talarczyk has implemented a mission-based accounting focus to support new initiatives and investments to maximize each mission’s potential to ensure the long-term sustainability of the school.  

(585) 275-8842

Karen KeadyKaren Keady, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC

Assistant Dean of Clinical Practice

Chief Nursing Executive, URMC

Karen Keady, PhD, MSN, RN, NEA-BC is Strong Memorial Hospital’s senior nurse and oversees a department of 3,500 nurses, patient care technicians, and unit secretaries.

(585) 273-3899