Hesselberg Recipient of 2011 Vice President's Academic Excellence Award
(Bradenton, Fla., May 13, 2011) —Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Lakewood Ranch provost and dean of nursing, received the 2011 Vice President’s Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes recipients that exemplify qualities of teaching excellence, engage in collegewide activities, and have an extensive history of service to the institution.
Hesselberg came to SCF in 2003 after serving at Hillsborough Community College for nearly 14 years as the dean of health, wellness, and sport technologies. At SCF, she gained the trust, respect, and support of the healthcare community in the Manatee and Sarasota area, and was a leading force in establishing SCF’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. As a dean and provost at SCF, Hesselberg has expanded SCF’s nursing program, planned the Medical Technology & Simulation Center, and authored grant applications that have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars to SCF.
She was selected as one of Florida's Top 100 Nurses in 2009 by the Florida Nurses Association and received Outstanding Alumni Awards from the University of Tampa and University of South Florida.
She is active in numerous professional organizations at both state and national levels including Robert Wood Johnson/Blue Cross Foundation as an advisory council member for simulation in Florida, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Florida Educators Council for Associate Degree Nursing, American Nurses Association, Florida Nurses Association, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, the Florida League for Nursing, the National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing as treasurer, the Florida Organization for Nurse Executives, the Suncoast Organization for Nurse Executives, and Sigma Theta Tau International – Delta Beta Chapter Honor Society of Nursing.
Hesselberg also previously served on the board of directors for University of South Florida Alumni Association from 2000-2004, board of directors Southern Regional Education Board from 2007-2009, and the advisory board for the Doctors Health Journal. She is a past member of the board of trustees for Manatee Palms Youth, Manatee Head Start and Community Health Improvement Project.