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Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Mary Blackinton receives the 2015 Glass Ceiling award from the National Diversity Council Florida Chapter


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Mary Blackinton

Tampa, Florida – Mary Blackinton, P.T., Ed.D., GCS, CEEAA, director of the Hybrid-Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy program (HE-DPT) at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Tampa Campus, has been named a 2015 Glass Ceiling Award Winner by the National Diversity Council’s Florida Chapter. Dr. Blackinton received the statewide honor at the organization’s 5th annual Women’s Conference Breakfast earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Blackinton implemented the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences at the NSU Tampa campus, and has been directing it for the most recent four of her 21 years at the university. Her professional and personal accomplishments range from advanced degrees, certifications and even fellowships, to leading the Tampa component of NSU’s annual medical outreach programs to Jamaica.

“We are very proud of Dr. Blackinton and the professional standard she has set through her leadership of this groundbreaking hybrid program,” said Stanley H. Wilson, P.T., Ed.D., CEAS, Dean, NSU’s College of Health Care Sciences. “Female leaders must create opportunities for other women to step into leadership roles.”

The National Diversity Council’s Glass Ceiling Award criterion mirrors Dr. Blackinton’s career and life paths: leadership and mentorship excellence, highest integrity and ethics and continued growth and accomplishment.

Presented annually, the award recognizes women who have overcome numerous barriers to achieve positions of leadership within their organization. Their success serves as the catalyst for future generations to follow in their footsteps.

Dr. Blackinton said she is honored to receive this distinction. “I am so passionate about the core mission of the Council as they educate women in leadership, better preparing them to take on leadership roles, both in their workplaces and throughout the community. It is vital for women to learn from each other,” she said.

Dr. Blackinton obtained her B.S. in physical therapy from University of Maryland in Baltimore (1983); her M.S. in Gerontology from NSU and also her Ed.D. in higher education (2001) with a specialization in health care education.


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. A private, not-for-profit institution with more than 24,000 students, NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. For more than 50 years, NSU has been awarding degrees in a wide range of fields, while fostering groundbreaking research and an impactful commitment to community. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is 1 of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private, not-for-profit institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. Please visit for more information.


About the National Diversity Council Florida Chapter: A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. More information about the Florida Diversity Council is available at


October 21, 2015

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