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New Chancellor Selected for St. John’s College of Nursing

Chancellor of St. John’s College of NursingSPRINGFIELD, IL - St. John’s College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Charlene S. Aaron, PhD, RN, has been selected to serve as the new chancellor of St. John’s College of Nursing. Our college has provided excellence in nursing education for 125 years in Springfield. Each year approximately 55 nursing students graduate from our college.

Dr. Aaron comes to St. John’s College of Nursing from Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing where she most recently served as an assistant professor. She’s worked at ISU’s nursing college since 2005. Prior to that, Dr. Aaron served as the director of nursing for various nursing homes and retirement communities in Livingston County. She began her career in nursing as a post-surgical nurse in 1978 at St. James Hospital in Pontiac.

Dr. Aaron received her Doctorate of Nursing in Aging from the University of Iowa. Her dissertation research focus was on the self-management of diabetes in African American female caregivers of persons with dementia. She received her MSN in nursing systems administration from ISU, her BSN from Illinois Wesleyan University, her diploma in nursing from Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing and her LPN license from Kankakee Community College.

Dr. Aaron has received several honors through the years for her distinguished career at ISU’s nursing college. In 2015 she received the Illinois Nurse Leader Fellowship from the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Kathleen A. Hogan Endowed Faculty Development Award.

“We believe Dr. Aaron will be an asset to St. John’s College of Nursing because of her distinguished experience with nursing education,” said E.J. Kuiper, MHA, DPT, FACHE, president and CEO of HSHS Central Illinois Division. “She is passionate about educating students to be great nurses and increasing diversity of nursing students and faculty members.”

Dr. Aaron will start June 1, 2016. She will transition into the role with the college’s outgoing chancellor, Brenda Jeffers, PhD, RN, who retires on June 30, 2016.

For more information about St. John’s College of Nursing, please visit: http://www.stjohnscollegespringfield.edu.


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