Dean Jean Lange completes AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program

Jean Lange
Jean Lange

Sept. 3, 2014 - Jean Lange, founding dean of the School of Nursing, has successfully completed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing-Wharton Executive Leadership Program.

"It was a privilege to be selected for this program and share insights with colleagues across the country," Lange said. "As leaders, we often don't take the time to enhance our skills. Wharton was a particularly valuable experience because it exposed us to ways of thinking from outside of our discipline. It was enlightening to learn that while nursing leadership is unique in some ways, it has much in common with other industries."

Launched in 2012 in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the program is designed exclusively for top academic leaders in schools of nursing. This program, which now includes 87 graduates from schools nationwide, is sponsored in part by the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare.

"Nurses looking to having a meaningful impact on improving the nation's health and health care must possess strong leadership, negotiation and strategic thinking skills," said Deborah Trautman, AACN's chief executive officer. "I applaud the latest graduates of the AACN-Wharton program for their commitment to developing the expertise needed to amplify nursing's voice in discussions shaping the future of nursing education and practice at the local, state and national levels."

Lange, who was named founding dean of Quinnipiac's School of Nursing in 2011, holds a doctorate in nursing from the University of Connecticut. She earned her master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her bachelor's degree from Binghamton University.