ESU, Marywood University Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Graduate Social Work Degree Offering

Posted by: Valentina Caval on June 18, 2013, No Comments

Officials of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) and Marywood University (MU) signed a collaborative agreement to enable MU to offer its Master of Social Work degree on ESU’s campus, effective fall 2013.  The announcement took place during the afternoon at ESU’s Innovation Center, 562 Independence Road, East Stroudsburg, Pa.

On hand to participate in the agreement signing were (first row, from left): Sister Anne Munley, IHM, Ph.D., president of Marywood University and Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., president of ESU.  Second row, from left:  Diane Keller, director, school of social work and administrative studies, MU; Jane Koelble, M.S.W., L.S.W., executive director of Women’s Resources of Monroe County, Inc.; Alan Levine, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs, MU; Lloyd Lyter, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.S.W., director of the Pocono Program, MU; Marilyn Wells, Ph.D., M.P.H., vice provost and graduate dean, ESU; L. Patrick Ross, chair, ESU’s council of trustees; John Kraybill-Greggo, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.S.W., A.C.S.W., chair, department of sociology, social work and criminal justice, ESU; Van Reidhead, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs, ESU; Celeste Geering, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., bilingual counselor, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County, N.J.; and Peter Hawkes, Ph.D., dean of the college of arts and sciences, ESU.

MU’s Pocono Program at ESU will allow students with a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited program to apply for advanced standing in Marywood’s master’s program, which means they will be required to earn 39 credits. Students with a bachelor’s degree in another field will be required to earn 60 credits for their M.S.W. In their remarks, both Geering and Koelble talked about their experiences, involvement and commitment to both ESU’s undergraduate and MU’s graduate programs in social work and how the education provided by both institutions helped them in their chosen careers.

For more information about this initiative contact Ann L. Williams, MU graduate admissions, at or 570-348-6211, extension 2368 or Dr. Lyter at or 570-348-6211, extension 2388.