Dr. Kathleen O’Grady Winston joined the MSJC team over the summer when she became the college’s new Dean of Allied Health and Nursing. MJSC is proud to add another distinguished member to its team.
Most recently, Dr. Winston completed a curriculum consulting contract for Charter College, an affiliate of Prospect Education. Prior to that, she served as President of National Polytechnic College of Science, an affiliate of the National University System in San Diego, California. Dr. Winston also served as Dean of Health Sciences, Human Services and the Emeritus Institute at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, California where she provided leadership to more than 32 full-time and 150 part-time faculty in a 14,000 student Division. A state-of-the-art Health Sciences building was constructed and equipped during her tenure and during this time Saddleback College gained recognition throughout the state as a leader in Nursing and Health Science education. She arrived at Saddleback in 2003 after serving two years as Interim Dean and Nursing Program Director at Pasadena City College.
Dr. Winston completed her doctoral coursework in Nursing Science and Educational Leadership at the University of San Diego. She also received a Master of Science from USD in 1979 in Family Health Nursing and Nursing Education. Dr. Winston has a personal appreciation for career ladder preparation having received her ADN and BSN from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in the early 1970’s where she began practicing as a Registered Nurse at the age of nineteen.
Dr. Winston began teaching in California at Chaffey College and later at Cypress and Mt. SAC. She spent 11 years as Assistant and Associate Professor at CSUF and CSUSB teaching medical/surgical and community health nursing. At Azusa Pacific University Dr. Winston served as Project Coordinator for a federal NIH grant designed to prepare clinical nurse specialists in High Risk Home Health Nursing and where she developed her research skills and interests. She has conducted and published research in community health and is the author of a chapter in an award winning family health textbook. Dr. Winston has always maintained a clinical practice throughout her academic career and during the 1990’s joined the staff of the CNUSD in Norco, CA where she provided leadership for the delivery of school health services in the K-12 environment.
Dr. Winston has served on academic and community advisory committees, served as graduate student thesis advisor, and provided curriculum consultation to schools across the country. She is a member of a variety of professional organizations and honor societies; Sigma Theta Tau and Delta Epsilon Sigma. Mist recently, Dr. Winston served on the State Chancellor’s ADN Curriculum Model Project and works closely with Deans in Health Sciences Divisions and Nursing Program Directors. Dr. Winston was actively involved in the Saddleback Foundation Capital Campaign for the new Health Sciences, District Office Building and also for “Discovery” the only fully equipped floating classroom facility on the west coast. In all of her leadership positions Dr. Winston has enthusiastically promoted the accomplishments of faculty, staff and colleagues. She believes it is her responsibility and her reward to advance opportunities and advocate on behalf of those who directly impact student success. Dr. Winston enjoys her husband John, daughter Tristen and Bichon Frise Sugar who provide her with unconditional love and support as she enjoys her career as a nurse, educator and administrator.