In good hands.

On behalf of the alumni association, I’m excited to welcome Dean Pam Cipriano, and cannot think of a more fitting candidate to lead our beloved school. Dean Cipriano’s decades of impeccable nursing leadership—as a teacher and mentor to legions of nursing students, as two-term ANA president, as chief clinical and nursing officer at UVA Health during its first successful Magnet designation, and as the current first vice-president of the International Council of Nurses—make her a bold choice as the School begins a new phase. We certainly are in good hands!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more,” said John Quincy Adams, “you are a leader.” While all of us can think of people at UVA and the School who have done just that for us, I also know our fellow alumni are leaders in their homes, communities, and work environments, each and every day. I am continually inspired by the alumni I meet!

We were able to wish Dean Dorrie Fontaine farewell with the unveiling of a painted portrait, a gift from the School of Nursing Alumni Association that hangs on the second floor of McLeod Hall at the top of the stairs. And plans are already underway for Reunions 2020, with events highlighted in this issue. We hope you’ll join us next spring!

With the excitement of a new school year ahead, I wish you all a happy and healthy fall and look forward to the bright future which lies ahead for our School.

Christa Hartch, MSN (BSN ’97)
Greenwich, Conn.