Mary Chatman to deliver 2014 Commencement Address

Mary Chatman

SAVANNAH – Mary Chatman, Ph.D., R.N, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer for Memorial University Medical Center, will deliver the commencement address at Savannah Technical College’s 2014 graduation, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre at the Savannah Civic Center. 

Savannah Tech has awarded 363 degrees and diplomas for students that completed coursework from summer 2013 through spring 2014. Also, 800 GED diplomas have been earned during that time. Savannah Tech expects more than 230 degree, diploma and GED recipients to participate in graduation.

Chatman joined Memorial University Medical Center in 2009 as senior vice president and chief nursing officer (CNO). In 2012, she assumed the additional role of chief operating officer, giving her accountability for day-to-day operations. Chatman leads nursing divisions, patient care services, perioperative services, The Rehabilitation Institute, Center for Behavioral Medicine, Heart & Vascular Institute, ancillary departments, outpatient clinical departments, human resources, and clinical support services. 

Chatman came to Savannah from Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina, where she also served as vice president and CNO. Chatman began her career as a nursing assistant and quickly moved into leadership roles. Chatman’s leadership experience in clinical management is extensive and varied, and includes transformational leadership, quality improvement, fiscal management, shared governance, patient and family centered care, and employee recruitment and retention.

Chatman holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration, and a Doctorate in Nursing from East Carolina University. Chatman was appointed to the Georgia Board of Nursing in June 2011 where she served two years, serves on the Savannah Technical College Board of Directors, and the ALL Foundation for Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.


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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (