UofL nursing school dean named Ohio State Alumni Transformer in Nursing & Healthcare


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Marcia Hern, Ed.D., CNS, RN, dean and professor, University of Louisville School of Nursing, has been selected as one of 100 Alumni Transformers in Nursing & Healthcare by The Ohio State University College of Nursing during its Centennial year. This recognition commemorates alumni of the college who have deeply impacted the profession of nursing and the health care system. Since completing their education at the college, these alumni have excelled in their respective fields and succeeded in living out the mission of the college: Transforming health, transforming lives.

    Prior to her appointment as UofL nursing school dean, Hern served as dean of Texas Woman’s University College of Nursing from 2004-2007. She has held a number of other leadership positions throughout her career, including department chair, parent child, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing from 1999-2004; executive director, community outreach and development, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing; and director of nursing at Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disabilities division of Children’s Medical Center in Cincinnati.

    Hern serves on the University Medical Center (UMC), Inc. board of directors and sits on the UMC Quality and Patient Safety committee. While in Texas, she served on the Presbyterian Hospital of Denton governing board of trustees.

    UofL’s nursing school dean has chaired the Curriculum Redesign Task Force for the Kentucky Nursing Consortium Committee. She also is a member of the Kentucky Team for Nursing Education Capacity, Kentucky Hospital Association CNOs and Deans, and the Kentucky Institute of Medicine.

    Hern is currently taking part in the Leadership Louisville class of 2014, and was involved in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Inaugural Wharton Executive Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania, in 2012. She has attended the HERS Institute Leadership for Women at the University of Denver in 2010, and was a Helene Fuld Fellow of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Leadership for Academic Nursing Program.

    In honor of the OSU nursing college’s 100 year anniversary, Hern will be among the outstanding alumni transformers recognized at the Centennial Gala on March 29 at The Ohio Union in Columbus, Ohio. Special recognition will be given to each 100 Alumni Transformers as attendees hear about the notable achievements they have made.

    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.