• Kaye Bender, 2013 Nursing Alumnus of the Year
    Kaye Bender, 2013 Nursing Alumnus of the Year

    2013 Nursing Alumnus of the Year

    Kaye Bender, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

    Dr. Kaye Bender left her mark on the University of Mississippi School of Nursing early when she graduated with her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1983 and was recognized as the outstanding registered nurse graduate and received the Richard M. Graves award. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Sciences from the School of Health Related Professions in 2001 and became dean of the School of Nursing in 2003. The following year, Dr. Bender was named Dean of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Student Nurses, and in 2008 was named School of Nursing Administrator of the Year by the Mississippi Nurses Association. Earlier this year, Dr. Bender was inducted into the Mississippi Nurses Association Hall of Fame.

    As a member of the UMMC Alumni Association, Dr. Bender served as a member of the Constitutional Study Committee, Nursing Section, from 1987-89. She continues to be active in improving educational standards and opportunities throughout Mississippi and served as chair of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Nursing Programs for the state Board of Institutions of Higher Learning from 2007-08.

    Although she stepped down as dean in 2009 to serve as the first president and chief executive officer of the Public Health Association Accreditation Board in Washington, D.C., Dr. Bender has maintained her commitment to the School of Nursing and to community health in Mississippi. She has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for the advancement of nursing and is known for her leadership style of consensus building, collaboration and empowering others. Dr. Bender already has established a legacy of exceptionalism in nursing education and practice while providing visionary leadership for the future of the profession.

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    Nursing Board Members

    School of Nursing

    Board of Directors


    Michelle Burns, Brandon

    Amber Arnold, Canton

    Geoffrey C. Mitchell
    Director, Alumni Affairs

    Ginger Roby Daniels, Madison
    Associate Director, Alumni Affairs



    Dorothy Aultmann-Abrams, Brandon
    Angela Beem, Carthage
    Dr. Juanita Graham, Harperville
    Eva Tatum. Oxford
    Estelle Watts, Pearl
    Victoria Gholar, Terry
    Roseline Lewis, Jackson
    Dr. Renee Williams, Jackson
    Lishia Lee, Brandon
    Kathy Scott, Memphis
    Jonathan Wilson, Flowood
    Brenda Castleberry, Jackson

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    2014 Calendar of Events

    • May 1-4, 2014 - Eliza Pillars Nursing Meeting - Tunica, MS
    • May 8, 2014 - Spring Board Meeting, 11:30 AM
    • November 5, 2014 - Fall Board Meeting, 11:30 AM

    2014 UM Home Games

    • September 13, 2014 - LA Lafayette
    • September 27, 2014 - Memphis
    • October 4, 2014 - Alabama
    • October 18, 2014 - Tennessee
    • November 1, 2014 - Auburn
    • November 8, 2014 - Presbyterian
    • November 29, 2014 - MS State