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Union doctoral student McHenry named nursing dean at OBU

Lepaine Sharp-McHenry
Lepaine Sharp-McHenry

JACKSON, Tenn.April 2, 2013 – Oklahoma Baptist University has named Union University doctoral student Lepaine Sharp-McHenry as dean of its College of Nursing. She will assume the responsibilities of this role July 15.

McHenry currently serves as the assistant director and a clinical instructor for the University of Arkansas’ Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in Fayetteville, where she has been on the faculty since 1993.

“We look forward to working with Lepaine McHenry at OBU as we enter a period of anticipated growth in the College of Nursing,” OBU President David W. Whitlock said. “She is a visionary leader with a can-do attitude.”

McHenry is working toward a doctorate in nursing practice at Union with a specialty in executive leadership, with an expected graduation in May 2014. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Southern Arkansas University in 1981, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arkansas in 1993 and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa in 1996. Her area of specialty is psychiatric mental health nursing.

At the University of Arkansas, she has served as assistant director of the School of Nursing since 2009. She served as a full-time faculty member from 1993-2000 and on the adjunct clinical faculty from 2002-06. She was an online graduate nursing adjunct faculty member for Regis University from 2007-09. She has served in nursing legal consultation for various law firms since 1998.

McHenry is an author and contributor to numerous scholarly writings and research projects, as well as an in-demand professional workshop presenter and speaker.

“The faculty of the School of Nursing at Union University celebrates with Lepaine Sharp-McHenry in her new appointment as dean of the College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University,” said Tim Smith, dean of Union’s School of Nursing. “Lepaine is a seasoned nurse with expertise in many areas that will foster the ongoing growth of healthcare education at OBU.

“We look forward to partnering with her in the days ahead as a doctoral nursing graduate from Union University and healthcare leader in Christian higher education.”


Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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