The Next Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at Simmons University

Lepaine Sharp-McHenry has been named dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at Simmons University in Boston. Her tenure will begin on September 1, 2019.

Since 2013, Dr. Sharp-McHenry has served as dean of the College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University. Previously, she served at the University of Arkansas for 15 years, first as a faculty member and later as the assistant director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. On the national level, she has sat on the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and was a site visitor on accreditation teams for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

“I am delighted to join the Simmons community in this important role on campus,” said Dr. Sharp-McHenry. “Simmons is a remarkable institution, providing a transformational educational experience for its undergraduate and graduate students. I look forward to building on the institutional mission of offering exemplary teaching, fostering interdisciplinary studies, and providing a practical, career-focused educational experience for its students.”

Dr. Sharp-McHenry holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in nursing practice and executive leadership from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

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