Kathleen Hogan served Mennonite College of Nursing for 30 years. She provided leadership as a professor, course chairperson, director of Mennonite Hospital School of Nursing, founding dean of Mennonite College of Nursing, and president and CEO of Mennonite College of Nursing for nine years until her retirement in July 1999.

Under her direction, the college became the first single-purpose, upper-division bachelor of science nursing program in the country accredited by the National League for Nursing.

This led to granting bachelor degrees and development of master’s and doctoral programs. Hogan served as a consultant to 16 nursing-diploma schools transitioning to grant degrees and was crucial in Mennonite’s transition to Illinois State in 1999.

She remains actively engaged with the college, university and community. She is a recipient of the Woman of Distinction award from the McLean County YWCA and the Service Award from the Mennonite College of Nursing Alumni Organization. She served for 20 years on the McLean County Health Department Board of Directors.

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