THE ACEN Appoints Marsal Stoll as CEO

ACEN Press Release

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Appoints Marsal Stoll as Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Marsal Stoll


Atlanta, GA, October 1, 2014 – Marsal P. Stoll, EdD, has been named CEO of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Dr. Stoll comes to ACEN from the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), where she serves as Vice President, providing executive leadership in the development and implementation of programs, policies, and procedures to aid institutions in meeting accreditation standards and improving educational programs.  She also works with the SACSCOC Committees on Compliance and Reports, the Executive Council, and the Board of Trustees, and directly serves a portfolio of 85 academic institutions.

Prior to joining SACSCOC in August 2008, Dr. Stoll was the founding President for Coleman College of Health Sciences, part of Houston Community College System – one of the largest college systems in the country. Dr. Stoll served as chief executive for this premier health sciences institution, which is located in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the largest medical district in the world with one of the highest densities of clinical facilities for patient care, basic science, and translational research in the world.

Previously, Dr. Stoll served as interim president at Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown, Virginia. Dr. Stoll started her career as a registered nurse at Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, New York. She also taught nursing at Niagara County Community College for ten years before becoming the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Curriculum Development, and Evaluation at NCCC. For several years, Dr. Stoll served as the Vice President of Instruction and Student Services at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The ACEN supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public by the functions of accreditation. The ACEN is the only USDOE-recognized nursing accrediting agency that serves all types of nursing education programs, including clinical doctorate, master’s and post-master’s certificates, baccalaureate, associate, diploma, and practical programs.

Dr. Stoll will leverage the organization’s resources in advancing the goals and objectives of ACEN to promulgate a common core of standards and criteria for the accreditation of nursing programs, strengthen educational quality, advocate self-regulation in nursing education, promote peer review, and foster educational equity, access, opportunity, mobility, and preparation for employment in the field of nursing.

Beginning her appointment on December 1, 2014, Dr. Stoll will lead the organization in providing services that are proven to anticipate and be responsive to the needs of nursing education programs throughout the U.S., U.S. territories, and internationally, while formulating and directing a strategic plan for elevating the vision, mission, objectives and action plans of the Commission. The ACEN Board of Commissioners will rely on Dr. Stoll to provide visionary leadership for growth initiatives and promote the ACEN as the recognized leader in nursing accreditation.

Dr. Stoll holds a BSN from D’Youville College, an MS in Adult Health Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an EdD in Educational Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.