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USM School of Nursing Director Selected for Executive Leadership Program

Dr. Krista Meinersmann of Portland, director of the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing, has been chosen as 1 of 37 leaders in nursing education to participate in the inaugural class of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)-Wharton Executive Leadership Program.

The four-day program, held August 14 through 17 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was the first of its kind to focus exclusively on the needs of the leadership of nursing programs. USM was the only northern New England program represented, which brought together nursing deans and senior faculty leaders from across the country.

“AACN is pleased to welcome our first class of nursing leaders who represent a broad, geographically diverse mix of educational programs, including large academic health centers, public and private institutions, and small specialized schools of nursing,” said AACN President Jane Kirschling. “Fortified with a new layer of leadership expertise, those completing the program will be well-prepared to make a lasting impact on how nurses are educated and how they practice.”

“Many of those participating are from larger schools with national recognition. I feel honored to have been selected,” adds Meinersmann, “Through participation in this program I hope to enhance my ability to lead the School of Nursing in a rapidly changing academic and health care environment.”

The complete list of participants in the inaugural class include:

  • Lazelle Benefield, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Audrey Berman, Dean, School of Nursing, Samuel Merritt University (CA)
  • Devon Berry, Director of Innovations and Community Partnerships, Wright State University (OH)
  • Lenora Campbell, Associate Dean, Winston Salem State University (NC)
  • Ann Cary, Director, School of Nursing, Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
  • Daisy Cruz-Richman, Dean, College of Nursing, SUNY Downstate Medical Center (NY)
  • Debra Davis, Dean, College of Nursing, University of South Alabama
  • Judy Didion, Dean, College of Nursing, Lourdes University (OH)
  • Dorrie Fontaine, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Virginia
  • Rita Frantz, Dean, College of Nursing, The University of Iowa
  • Lorraine Frazier, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  •  Carla Gross, Department Chair, Nursing, North Dakota State University
  • Phyllis S. Hansell, Dean, College of Nursing, Seton Hall University (NJ)
  • Marcia Hern, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Louisville (KY)
  • Karen Karlowicz, Chairperson, College of Health Sciences, Old Dominion University (VA)
  • Judith F. Karshmer, Dean, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco (CA)
  • Marsha Lewis, Dean, School of Nursing, University at Buffalo (NY)
  • Krista M. Meinersmann, Director, School of Nursing, University of Southern Maine.
  • Helen Melland, Dean, College of Nursing, Montana State University
  • Pamela Mitchell, Interim Dean, School of Nursing, University of Washington
  • Dianne Morrison-Beedy, Dean, College of Nursing, University of South Florida
  • Nina Ouimette, Dean, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing (TX)
  • Demetrius James Porche, Dean, School of Nursing, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  • Rosanne Pruitt, Director, School of Nursing, Clemson University (SC)
  • Sharon Radzyminski, Chair, School of Nursing, Georgia Southern University
  • Joanne Robinson, Dean, School of Nursing, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Camden
  • Nena F. Sanders, Dean, School of Nursing, Samford University (AL)
  • Kerri Schuiling, Dean, School of Nursing, Oakland University (MI)
  • Juliann Sebastian, Dean, College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Sandie Soldwisch, Dean, College of Nursing, Resurrection University (IL)
  • Mary C. Sullivan, Interim Dean, College of Nursing, University of Rhode Island
  • Beth Ann Swan, Dean, School of Nursing, Thomas Jefferson University (PA)
  • Kristen M. Swanson, Dean, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • David Vlahov, Dean, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco
  • Pamela G. Watson, Dean, School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Susan Wilkinson, Department Head, Department of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences, Angelo State University (TX)
  • Barbara Williams, Chairperson, Department of Nursing, University of Central Arkansas