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Dr. Colleen McKey is retiring

Published: Feb. 22, 2017
Dr. Colleen McKey

Message sent on behalf of Carolyn Byrne, Associate Dean, Health Sciences & Director, School of Nursing:


Dear All,


It is with very mixed emotions, that I am announcing that Colleen McKey will be retiring as of Monday, April 24, 2017. 


Colleen joined McMaster University in January 2000 and since that time, has played a major role within the School of Nursing, within the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the university at large.  Colleen was the Director of the Leadership and Management Program since 2000 and grew the program from one course to six interprofessional courses, with a certificate of completion at the end.  Within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Colleen created and led the Faculty of Health Sciences Academic Leadership Program for emerging leaders within the faculty. 


Colleen was the Assistant Dean, Academic Resources from 2009 to 2014, and on my arrival at McMaster, she became the Assistant Dean and Associate Director of the School of Nursing up until this present time.  I will forever be grateful to the wise advice Colleen was able to provide me when I took over the Associate Dean role.  I could not have done this without her. 


Colleen has always enjoyed teaching and scholarship.  She has taught in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs within the School of Nursing.  In addition, she has taught in the Master of Health Sciences Education Program. 


Colleen has represented the School of Nursing on the Faculty of Health Sciences Finance Committee and has been instrumental in working with myself and the Finance Department in achieving a balanced budget. 


Within the university at large, Colleen has been a member of the Senate and the Senate on Honorary Degrees Committee.  External to the university, Colleen has been an Accreditation Reviewer for CASN and an IQAP Reviewer for the provincial Quality Program. 


Throughout the years, Colleen has brought a calm, thoughtful voice of reason to issues within the School of Nursing.  She has garnered respect and admiration from students, faculty and staff.  She will be missed within our school, our faculty and our university.  We wish her all the very best on her retirement. 



Carolyn Byrne, RN, PhD

Associate Dean, Health Sciences

Director, School of Nursing

McMaster University



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