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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for academic nursing representing more than 850 schools of nursing nationwide. AACN establishes quality standards for nursing education, influences the nursing profession to improve health care, and promotes public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice. 



AACN Announces Nursing Faculty Selected to Participate in Upcoming Leadership Program

Published June 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 11, 2018 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that 49  nursing faculty from across the nation have been selected to participate in the 2018 Leadership for Academic Nursing Program (LANP), which will be held July 29-August 2 in Chaska, Minnesota. 

LANP is designed for those who have experience in academic administration and aspire to more senior administrative or executive positions within the nursing academic unit. The year-long fellowship provides participants with a focused assessment experience, a range of content and exercises related to successful executive leadership, and the opportunity to establish a peer network that fosters long-term partnerships and collegial support.

Following a competitive review process, the following individuals were selected:

  • Jeanne Alhusen, University of Virginia 
  • Donald "Chip" Bailey, Duke University School of Nursing 
  • Lindsay Benes, University of Portland 
  • Jenifer Chilton, The University of Texas at Tyler
  • Teresa Dobrzykowski, Indiana University South Bend
  • Michelle Edmonds, Jacksonville University
  • Terry Eggenberger, Florida Atlantic University
  • Jacqueline Ferdowsali, University of Nevada Reno
  • Patricia Gatlin, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Jana Goodwin, University of Maryland
  • Tiffany Greer, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Elizabeth Gulledge, Jacksonville State University
  • Deedra Harrington, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Melissa Henry, University of Northern Colorado
  • Melinda Hermanns, The University of Texas at Tyler
  • Mary Hickey, Hunter College, CUNY
  • Catherine Homard, Grand View University
  • Caralise Hunt, Auburn University
  • Sadie Hutson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Molly Jackson, Case Western Reserve University
  • Pamela Karagory, Purdue University School of Nursing
  • Megan Keiser, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Dawn Kuerschner, Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Felicia Lowenstein-Moffett, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Mary Ann McLaughlin, Gwynedd Mercy University
  • Katherine Menard, Northern Michigan University
  • Jacqueline Meyer, Allen College
  • Phillip Moore, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Karen Myrick, Quinnipiac University
  • Tonya Nicholson, Frontier Nursing University
  • Bonnie Nickasch, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Stacie Olson, University of North Dakota
  • Christina Plemmons, South Dakota State University
  • Lydia Rotondo, University of Rochester School of Nursing
  • Zepure Samawi, Saint Xavier University
  • Casey Shillam, University of Portland
  • Larry Slater, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
  • Marianna Snyder, University of Connecticut
  • Therese Speer, Arizona State University
  • Christa Steffens, Upper Iowa University
  • Marcia Straughn, Abilene Christian University
  • Sonia Strevy, University of Saint Francis
  • Dawn Vanderhoef, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
  • Ann Warner, McNeese State University
  • Melessia Webb, East Tennessee State University
  • Janet Winter, Grand Valley State University 
  • Connie Zak, Purdue University Global 

Program participants come from 25 states and represent an array of institution types, including small liberal arts programs, public and private schools, and large academic health centers. 

AACN is grateful to the following LANP Alumni who were instrumental in reviewing and selecting participants:

  • Bonnie Bowie, Seattle University
  • Karen Butler, University of Kentucky
  • Marie Foley, Seton Hall University
  • Katherine Kenny, Arizona State University
  • Shirleatha Lee, University of Memphis
  • Mary Ann Mertz, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Angie Mickle, Cedarville University
  • Christina Murphey, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Sherrill Smith, Wright State University

For more information about LANP and AACN’s leadership development programs, see AACN's Leadership Development page.