Alumni Profile: When Preparation Meets Opportunity
By Patrick Broadwater
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 2:58 PM
Brian Graves ’96N, ’01N (MS), ’12N (PhD) always had a deep love for the University of Rochester. You don’t graduate three times from a school you’re ambivalent about. But when Graves reached a crossroads in his career, he let fate – and the real estate market – be his guide.
Graves completed his PhD at the UR School of Nursing in 2012. That same year, he was part of the entire IT team honored with the University’s Meliora Award for his part leading an interprofessional team implementing EPIC, a new electronic medical record system at Strong and Highland hospitals, and he moved his young family into a beautiful new home.
Life was good in Rochester. But, an offer from the University of South Florida (USF) had him seriously considering leaving the university and his lifelong home. USF’s nursing school had recruited him to be assistant dean of the master’s program and to help launch the school’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice program.