From the Desk of Dean White

July 02, 2021
Ken stands under a tree, arms folded, with a blue blazer and green bow tie

Dear colleagues and friends,

When I was a child growing up in Oklahoma, I always looked forward to July 4th to watch the televised Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops concert in Boston, along with amazing fireworks.  I never thought that someday I would live and work in Boston!
I hope you have a nice holiday weekend.  The Boston Pops with fireworks is back – this year in Tanglewood.

Today, I join you as your dean and I am excited about the opportunity to work with and get to know all of you -- such an amazing School of Nursing family!  We have purpose, vision, and values and something no other school has – YOU. Together we will grow, face challenges and celebrate joys.   Our patients, students, communities, and colleagues are counting on us.

Thank you, Dean Tagliareni, and the entire leadership team for your gracious introduction to the School and IHP.  Thank you also to the members of the search committee and Provost Johnson and Sarah Welch for leading the search.
Thank you, Lisa and Carla, for helping me with the transition from Virginia.  I will be working remotely for most of July and August, with a Charlestown move-in date of 9/1.

In time, I would like to meet with each one of you to learn more about your jobs, interests, aspirations, and goals.  For now, we can look forward to our retreat on 8/19, which will be a day to step back and celebrate all that you have accomplished in a very difficult 16 months.  Ever forward looking, we will also consider possibilities for personal and professional growth.  

We are all part of something bigger than we are.  Together, the possibilities are limitless.


Dean and Professor, School of Nursing
MGH Institute of Health Professions
American Academy of Nursing: President Elect