Gerri Taylor

Senior Advisor

Gerri Taylor is the former Associate Dean of Health, Counseling and Wellness and Director of the Health Center at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. She oversaw the Health Center, the Counseling Center and the Wellness and Health Promotion program.   As a board-certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, she provided clinical care to students at Bentley.  Her special interests were in differential diagnosis, men and women’s health and urgent care.

She is currently the Co-chair of the American College Health Association COVID-19 Task Force.  She co-leads the task force of national leaders in writing guidance documents, surveys and position papers, developing and moderating webinars, and giving national exposure and advocacy for college health centers during the pandemic. In addition, she provides consulting services for ACHA and is a reviewer for the Journal of College Health.  She was honoured by the American College Health Association (ACHA) with the ACHA Lifetime Achievement Award in June 2021 and also received the Ruth Boynton Award for Distinguished Service to ACHA as the chair of the ACHA COVID-19 Task Force in June 2021.  In addition, she received the E. Dean Lovett Award and the Edward Hitchcock Award and was inducted as a fellow of ACHA in 2014. She also received the Louise Gazzara award from the New England College Health Association.

As an active member of her professional organizations, she has held leadership positions locally, regionally and nationally, including the position of president of CHAAND (College Health Association of Administrators and Nurse Directors), president of NECHA and Board member of ACHA.  She served as program planner for the national American College Health Association meetings in Orlando, Florida and in Washington, DC.

Gerri developed a high-quality team of professionals and created a collaborative care model for Bentley University with counseling, health and wellness. She led her college health center team to achieve national accreditation with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, becoming one of 200 college health centers in the United States and one in 4 college health centers in the state of Massachusetts with this level of recognition. She also chaired the Emergency Management Team at Bentley University and instituted emergency response training and processes for the university.

Her interests lie in development of high-quality college health/counseling and wellness programs, advocacy for college health professionals, strategic planning, collaborative care models and team building.