Louisville, Kentucky, May 17, 2006 - Galen College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Kathryn M. Mershon has been elected board chairperson, and Dr. Marjorie M. Perrin and Mark F. Wheeler have joined the board as members.
Ms. Mershon, the new board chairperson, also currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National League for Nursing's Foundation for Nurse Education. She is a national authority in nursing and has had career-long experiences as a senior health care executive with both clinical nursing and corporate senior management responsibilities. During her 13 years as an officer of Humana Inc. she founded and served as president of Humana Health Institutes - now Galen College of Nursing. Ms. Mershon also serves on the boards of several national corporations, including the Board of Stewardship Trustees of Catholic Health Initiatives (Denver), one of the largest not for profit healthcare corporations in the country and the Board of Alegent Health (Omaha), a joint operating company of Catholic and Lutheran health systems. Dr. Perrin, currently serving as a nursing education consultant, has over 30 years of nursing education experiences. Dr. Perrin most recently served as the Dean of Spalding University's School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Previously, she served as Director of Education for Humana, Inc. where she was instrumental in the development of Humana Health Institutes. Dr. Perrin also served as a faculty member of the University of Alabama, Huntsville for over 26 years.
Mr. Wheeler, Executive Vice President and Regional Chairman of U.S. Bank, has over 25 years of experiences within the banking industry. Mr. Wheeler serves on the Board of Overseers of the University of Louisville, and several corporate boards including Thornton Oil, BDS Management, and Louisville Development Bancorp. He is also a member of several community service organization boards including the Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville Zoo, and the Fund for the Arts.
According to Mark Vogt, President of Galen College, "Over the past year, we have experienced significant growth. The board's expansion is a natural evolution and will further Galen's mission as a national leader in prelicensure nursing education. We are privileged to have such experienced, knowledgeable and committed directors." Vogt said he expects the board to "help Galen navigate through strategic issues as we face growth opportunities, and to assist in helping our various campuses operate even more effectively and efficiently."
About Galen College of Nursing
Founded over 20 years ago, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest private nursing schools in the United States. With a focus solely on nursing education, the College offers practical/vocational nurse (PN/VN) and associate degree nursing programs to students on its campuses in Louisville, Ky., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa Bay, Fla., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Galen is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. For more information about Galen College of Nursing, visit our website.