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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Two nursing school graduates recognized at Reunion

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Mairead Hickey
Mairead Hickey '72

Two Connell School graduates were recognized with awards during a June 1 ceremony at this year’s Reunion Weekend. Mairead Hickey ’72, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, was given the fourth annual Dean Rita P. Kelleher Award. Terry Fulmer, M.S. ’77, Ph.D. ’83, dean of Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences, received the William C. McInnes, S.J., ’44 Award for Professional Excellence.

Hickey, who began her career as a staff nurse at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, spent 12 years as an associate professor and department chair at Yale University. She was named COO of Brigham and Women’s in 2010 after five years as chief of nursing. The Kelleher Award, named for the Connell School’s first faculty member and longtime dean, is given to a nursing school graduate who is the epitome of the Boston College nurse: a nursing leader who contributes to the field with intelligence, knowledge, compassion, and caring.

Fulmer, the dean of Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences since 2011, also served as the dean of New York University’s College of Nursing from 2005 to 2011. Her research explores acute care of the elderly, and focuses on elder abuse and neglect. She has held faculty posts at several universities, including Boston College from 1980 to 1987. The Boston College Alumni Association gives the McInnes Award to alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen profession.

The event included a discussion on health care leadership with Hickey and Boston College Magazine Editor Ben Birnbaum. View the awards ceremonies and the talk.