Conway-Welch Portrait Unveiled

Photo by Susan Urmy

National nursing dignitaries and the Vanderbilt community gathered this summer for the official portrait unveiling of Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, VUSN dean emerita. Having a painting commissioned is a high honor at Vanderbilt University, reserved only for those leaders who have made an indelible impact on the institution.

Conway-Welch retired in June 2013, after 29 years as dean of the School of Nursing. Among her many accomplishments, she is best known for expanding access to nursing education with innovative curricula as well as launching the School’s PhD and DNP programs. Nationally, she is known as a go-to person on nursing policy, education and emergency preparedness.

Nashville artist Michael Shane Neal painted the portrait that now hangs near the first floor entrance to Godchaux Hall.