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AACN Selects Faculty to Participate in AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program

Published July 09, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2018 – The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is pleased to announce that 31 academic nursing leaders from across the nation have been selected to participate in the 2018 AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program, which will be held August 6-9 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

Presented at the University of Pennsylvania, this four-day program is taught by Wharton faculty, who present relevant and timely content designed to advance academic administrators to a higher level of leadership.

The curriculum for the AACN-Wharton program is designed to provide the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone the skills that are essential to thrive and move forward strategically. The content addresses issues around managing and leading change, influencing and galvanizing a diverse set of stakeholders, and building enterprising relationships in highly volatile environments. Participants leave the program equipped with an advanced set of negotiation, leadership, and influencing skills, as well as the confidence and ability to serve on or lead high-powered boards.

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

  • Shanna Akers, Liberty University 
  • Angela Amar, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
  • Todd Ambrosia, Mount Sinai Beth Israel 
  • Karen D'Alonzo, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey 
  • Marla De Jong, University of Utah  
  • Kimberly Dudas, University of South Carolina Beaufort 
  • Linda Edelman, University of Utah 
  • Dena Evans, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte 
  • Lorna Finnegan, University of Illinois at Chicago 
  • Mary Gallagher Gordon, Drexel University 
  • Phyllis Graham-Dickerson, Regis University 
  • Jacqueline Haverkamp, Otterbein University 
  • Troy Heidesch, Brenau University 
  • Shannon Idzik, University of Maryland  
  • Pamela Johnson Rowsey, The University of North Carolina Greensboro 
  • Jan Jones-Schenk, Western Governors University 
  • Lorna Kendrick, California State University San Marcos
  • Sheila Melander, University of Kentucky 
  • Emily Merrill, Texas Tech University  
  • Angela Moss, Rush University  
  • Cindy Munro, University of Miami 
  • Ainslie Nibert, Texas Woman's University 
  • Adey Nyamathi, University of California, Irvine 
  • Susan Patton, University of Arkansas 
  • Rosemary Polomano, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Kathleen Rourke, SUNY Polytechnic Institute 
  • Deanna Schaffer, Drexel University 
  • Tracy Schreiner, Arizona College  
  • Constance Swenty, University of Southern Indiana
  • Holisa Wharton, Lander University 
  • Margaret Wilmoth, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Program participants come from 19 states and represent an array of institution types, including small, private, public, and large academic health centers. 

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

  • William Holzemer, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 
  • Carole Kenner, The College of New Jersey 
  • Heather Hall, University of South Alabama 
  • Edilma Yearwood, Georgetown University 
  • Mary Lou Sole, University of Central Florida 

Visit AACN's website to learn more about the AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program and additional AACN leadership development programs.