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New Dean Arrives

Lepaine Sharp-McHenry now leads The College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.

Dr. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry joined Simmons in September as dean of The College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences (CNBHS), which encompasses the departments of behavioral analysis, biology, chemistry and physics, nutrition, physical therapy, and psychology, as well as the School of Nursing. 

“I believe my arrival here at Simmons is providential.  As I reflect on my career path, I see how each experience has uniquely prepared me to serve at this point in the history of Simmons. Not only my career as a nurse, but also my tenure as a faculty member in a multidisciplinary college has given me a glimpse of possibilities for the CNBHS,” said Sharp-McHenry. “I am excited to serve with my colleagues in continuing a rich heritage of impacting the lives of young women through a liberal arts education and equipping them as transformational leaders to spark change in the natural, behavioral, and health sciences.” 

“As I reflect on my career path, I see how each experience has uniquely prepared me to serve at this point in the history of Simmons,” said CNBHS Dean Lepaine Sharp-McHenry.

“Dean Sharp-McHenry brings to bear a unique blend of leadership, academic, and professional experience, all of which are required to carry out the mission of CNBHS and of Simmons University,” said President Helen Drinan. 

Most recently, Sharp-McHenry served as dean of the College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. Prior to that, she was 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.