School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
September/October 2013

Midwifery professor appointed executive deputy dean

Holly Powell Kennedy, the Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery, was recently named executive deputy dean at Yale School of Nursing. Kennedy’s new role is pivotal to the organizational transition occurring at the school. Kennedy, a retired colonel in the US Army Nurse Corps Reserve and a leader in midwifery education and research, is taking on this position in the midst of what she called the nursing school’s “unique juncture” that includes “a new campus, a reorganized infrastructure, and a revised curriculum to meet the changing needs of health care.”

Nursing educators honor professor

The National League for Nursing (NLN), the preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education, has selected YSN associate professor Linda Pellico as a fellow in its Academy of Nursing Education. A member of the seventh class of fellows, Pellico joins 183 leaders in nursing education who have made “enduring and substantial contributions to nursing education as teachers, mentors, scholars, public policy advocates, practice partners, and administrators.”

New YSN facility opens October 4

October 4, 2013, will mark the official opening of the Yale School of Nursing’s new home at the university’s West Campus. (Read a Yale Alumni Magazine report about the move.) The greater Yale community is cordially invited to the building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies, beginning promptly at 2:00 pm. Yale president Peter Salovey, provost Benjamin Polak, chaplain Sharon Kugler, and West Campus vice president Scott Strobel will assist YSN dean Margaret Grey with the ceremonies. A reception and tours of the new building will follow the program. To register for the building dedication, please visit The dedication and ribbon-cutting will kick off the school’s 90th anniversary celebration and annual Alumnae/i Weekend, taking place October 4–5.

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