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ULM’s Bailes accepted into prestigious Wharton Executive Leadership Program

Published July 6, 2016

MONROE, La. — Dr. Wendy Bailes, Associate Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs at the University of Louisiana Monroe, has been accepted into the prestigious 2016 American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) – Wharton Executive Leadership Program, held August 8-11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Penn.

The four-day world-class leadership program is offered by the Ivy League Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania—the world’s first collegiate business school established in 1881.  

The program was open only to deans/directors and associate deans/directors from over 790 AACN member schools and was limited to 40 participants via a highly competitive application process.

“I am very excited to hear that Dr. Bailes was chosen for the 2016 cohort of Fellows for the AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Program,” said Dr. Emily S. Doughty, Director of ULM’s Kitty DeGree School of Nursing. “I appreciate Dr. Bailes’ commitment to strengthening leadership skills needed to influence and help guide the future of nursing and nursing education.”

The leadership program will be taught by faculty members of the Ivy League university “who present relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership,” according to the program’s website. 

Upon completion of the program, Bailes and her colleagues will become AACN-Wharton Fellows, of which there are currently 127 from 41 states and the District of Columbia.

“The leadership skills Dr. Bailes will acquire are crucial in promoting the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing as it continues to thrive and strategically move forward,” said Doughty. “We wish her all the best and look forward to her return.” 

For more information about the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing, visit ulm.edu/nursing.

About AACN

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.