Meet Dean Sharp-McHenry
Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry came to Simmons as the Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences in 2019. She previously served as the Dean of the College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University and the Assistant Director of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas. Prior to her academic leadership roles, she was a faculty member at the University of Arkansas. She completed her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at the University of Arkansas; a Master's of Science with a Major in Nursing with a specialty as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Oklahoma; and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a specialty in Executive Leadership at Union University.
Dr. Sharp-McHenry has led her profession at the local, state, and national level. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Currently, she serves as a Site Evaluator for Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and as a member of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Professional Nurse Credentials and Standards Committee; CGFNS International is an NGO in Consultative Status with the United Nations. Dr. Sharp-McHenry has served five gubernatorial appointments and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, Southern Arkansas University.
Through her expertise in higher education, healthcare, and regulation, Dr. Sharp-McHenry is recognized as a leader in her field and an enthusiastic advocate who actively supports initiatives to ensure quality education and accessible healthcare. These experiences have afforded her the opportunity to influence education, health policy, and practice nationally.
Her vision for the college 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.
Her leadership will strengthen interprofessional teaching and engaged learning, build a culture of research and scholarly productivity, and cultivate innovative practices to advance the world's scientific future and save lives.
"Our society is becoming more complex with disruptive technologies, advances in science and medicine, and the constant evolution of our healthcare system. I am committed to preparing our students, who will not only be change agents in this environment but also transformational leaders in these efforts. As Simmons continues 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!"