Top 25 Women Leaders
Colleen Conway-Welch, 64
Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Conway-Welch has served as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, for 25 years. She is one of the longest-serving deans of a nursing school in the country, and has been a mentor and adviser to countless nurses now deployed around the nation. Conway-Welch, 64, has for three decades led efforts to improve nursing education, emergency preparedness and HIV/AIDS awareness, among other issues.