Meet Dean Sharp-McHenry

Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry is the Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. In this role, she leads faculty in strengthening innovative teaching and engaged learning, builds a culture of research and scholarly productivity, and works to cultivate innovative practices and procedures required to advance the world’s scientific future and save lives.

Dean Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences

Welcome back to an exciting year ahead! The 2019-20 academic year is off to a swift start. My transition to Boston has introduced new sounds, new smells, and new sites. I am excited to join forces with this wonderful University. Having the opportunity to contribute to the long-standing legacy of this University is a privilege. As a registered nurse for over 38 years, I could not have chosen a better profession. I have had experiences that many people only dream about. I've worked as a medical/surgical nurse, oncology nurse, geriatric nurse, clinical nurse educator, legal nurse consultant, long-term care director of nursing, faculty, dean of a college of nursing, and now dean of an interdisciplinary college. These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to influence education, regulation, and practice at the local, state, and national levels.

My experiences at the University of Arkansas, a public institution, and Oklahoma Baptist University, a private faith-based institution, have allowed me to work in diverse academic communities. This unique background has equipped me to work collaboratively with different groups while bringing individuals and teams together. And, it also allows me to bring fresh and innovative thinking to the Simmons campus.

As I reflect on my past experiences, each has played a pivotal role in leading me to Simmons. This is most exciting as we embark upon the new ventures as Simmons University and the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. My vision is to create a collaborative culture that exhibits inclusive excellence to foster inquisitive inquiry among science and health professionals, which ignites intellectual curiosity focused on solving problems through research, education, and discovery.  

Our society is becoming more complex with disruptive technologies, advances in science and medicine, and the constant evolution of our healthcare system. We are committed to preparing our students, who will not only be change agents in this environment but also transformational leaders in these efforts. As Simmons continue to evolve as a leader in educating and empowering students, I am committed to supporting faculty and staff to create an academic experience where students can thrive to become the best version of themselves! 


Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, RN 
Dean and Professor, College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences