Columbus, Ohio — Mount Carmel Health System today announced Kathleen Williamson, Ph.D., MSN, RN, as Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN) president and academic dean, effective immediately. She has served as interim president since mid-May and as academic dean since January 2019, when she joined the College.

“Dr. Williamson’s leadership, especially during this period of unprecedented change and uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been tremendous,” said Lorraine Lutton, president and CEO of Mount Carmel Health System. “Along with the faculty and staff of the College, she has worked to transform the learning environment to make sure our students continue to get the very best nursing education and training available anywhere.”

In her role as president, Dr. Williamson has oversight of graduate, undergraduate and online programs where nearly 1,000 students are enrolled at the College’s two campuses. She will be responsible for the overall leadership of undergraduate and graduate academics, student academic support, and student affairs programs – including monitoring the quality of instruction, enhancing current programs and developing new initiatives for academic programming and student engagement.

“Throughout her tenure with the College, Dr. Williamson has demonstrated her commitment to leading with real-world knowledge, clinical skill and personal passion for academic excellence,” said Tanya Hahn, Mount Carmel College of Nursing Board Chair. “We welcome her leadership and look forward to supporting her efforts.”

Dr. Williamson joined Mount Carmel from the Wilson School of Nursing, Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas. A third-generation nurse, Dr. Williamson earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education from Wilmington University and her PhD in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware. She is also a nursing education consultant and holds many community and professional leadership roles including with The Ohio State University Center for Transdisciplinary Evidenced-based Practice (CTEP), the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Texas Nurses Association. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and is a noted presenter.

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