Jack C. Massey Leadership Award
This Award was established in 1986 by Mr. Jack C. Massey and Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. The Award is given every other year and honors individuals whose leadership and accomplishments have enriched the quality of life for citizens of our nation.
We will honor Dean Emerita Dr. Colleen Conway Welch at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 16 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. Dr. Conway-Welch received the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Georgetown University School of Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing degree in Parent-child Nursing from Catholic University of America and the PhD from New York University. She became a certified nurse midwife at Catholic Maternity Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. Before coming to Vanderbilt, she was professor of nursing, assistant clinical professor of medicine and director of the nurse-midwifery graduate program at the University of Colorado. Upon her arrival at the School, she proposed new directions including implementation of many of the 1982 self-study recommendations.


She instituted a new organizational structure. She requested that the School report to the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs rather than to the Provost of the University as she believed this arrangement would enhance opportunities for joint programs and clinical training. Three new associate dean positions were established, which related directly to the tripartite mission of research, teaching and clinical practice. In 1999, a fourth associate dean, in Informatics, was added.

Under her guidance and direction, the School has reached out to the community in profound ways, such as communitybased clinics and practices. In addition to making a difference in Middle Tennessee, she has led the way for national impact via a variety of initiatives, such as the International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education and the National Coalition for Emergency Preparedness. She was appointed by President Reagan to his Presidential Commission on the HIV Epidemic in 1988 and by Speaker Newt Gingrich to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare in 1998. In 1997, she was named to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.

She has spear-headed many projects, including the complete renovation of Godchaux Hall and the Nursing Annex, the building of Frist Hall with the addition of two floors on Frist Hall planned 2009, the PhD program in 1993, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in 2008. She led the School into an extraordinary world of nursing in the 21st Century.

For more information about the event, please contact Robin Turner at 615-269-5355.

Presenting Sponsor

Patron Sponsors
Ingram Industries
Curb Records
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bumstead
Dinner Sponsors
Pinnacle Bank
National Health Investors
Mr. L.H. Armistead III
Mrs. Anita Cochran
Mr. and Mrs. William (Pete) Delay
Mrs. Annette Eskind
Mrs. Cecile Gideon and Ms. Pamela Poe
Mrs. Linda Norman
Dr. Manny Sethi
Table Host Sponsors
Mrs. Sandra Lipman
Mrs. Lady Bird
Mrs. Nancy Peterson Hearn
Contributing Sponsors
Supporting Sponsors
Mr. and Mrs. Clay Harkleroad
Mr. Dan Surface and Ms. Aileen Katcher
Mr. Fred Dettwiller

2015 Jack C. Massey Leadership Award Dinner

The 2015 Award Dinner is over, and what a fantastic night it was! We celebrated the business, civic, and philanthropic contributions Janet and Jim Ayers have made in Nashville and throughout the nation. The event was held in December at the Omni Hotel in Nashville.

Previous Jack C. Massey Leadership Award Recipients

Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers (1986); Leah Rose Werthan (1988); Buddy Killen (1991); Governor Ned McWherter (1993); Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. (1995); Annette Eskind (1997); Alyne Massey (1999); William O. Whetsell, Jr., M.D. (2001); William S. Cochran (2003); Orrin H. Ingram, John R. Ingram, David B. Ingram and Robin Ingram Patton (2005); Mayor Bill Purcell (2007); Amy Grant and Vince Gill (2009); Nicholas S. Zeppos (2011), Mike Curb (2013), and Janet and Jim Ayers (2015)

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