University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nursing Dean Welcome Receptions

Meet the Dean

Lepaine Sharp-McHenry

Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, is dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing. A registered nurse since 1981, Dr. Sharp-McHenry previously served as dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral and Health Sciences at Simmons University in Boston, and as dean of the College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University. 

Dr. Sharp-McHenry received an associate’s degree in nursing at Southern Arkansas University, a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Arkansas, a master’s as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in nursing practice with a specialty in executive leadership from Union University in Tennessee.

She has held leadership roles in national organizations such as the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

She published and co-authored articles and served as an expert panel member in developing clinical practice guidelines in the long-term care field.

Upcoming Events

Reception in Scottsbluff

Tuesday, March 19, 2024
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Remarks at 6:15 p.m.

Scotts Bluff Country Club
5014 Avenue I - Scottsbluff

Special Guests:

  •  Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, Chancellor
  •  Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, DNP, RN, the new dean of the College of Nursing
  •  Gerry Kugel, DMD, PhD, the new dean of the College of Dentistry

This event is for alumni, preceptors, donors and friends of UNMC. Heavy appetizers and beverages will be hosted by the UNMC Alumni Association. 

RSVP by Wednesday, March 13th

For questions or to RSVP by phone, call 402-559-4385.

Past Events

The following welcome receptions were held for alumni and friends to meet Dr. Sharp-McHenry:

  •  July 25, 2023, in North Platte, with special guests, Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, and local hosts Mel & Michelle McNea.
  •  August 8, 2023, in Kearney.
  •  September 8, 2023, in Omaha, during Alumni Reunion Weekend.

  •  October 17, 2023, in Omaha, with special guest, Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD.

  •  October 24, 2023, in Lincoln.
  • February 15, 2024, in Norfolk.