Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

Holly Kennedy Welcomed as Inaugural Varney Professor

September 1, 2009

Holly Powell Kennedy, CNM, PhD, FACNM, FAAN, has been named the inaugural Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery at Yale University School of Nursing. Her appointment began July 1, 2009.

A reception was held on September 17, 2009, at the President’s Room in Woolsey Hall. Attendees included Yale Provost Peter Salovey and Deputy Provost Stephanie Spangler, and 130 YSN faculty, students, and alumnae/i, including seven recipients of the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award, the highest honor in nurse-midwifery.

The endowed Varney Chair honors Helen Varney Burst ‘63, CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon.), FACNM, Professor Emeritus at YSN, whose contributions in nurse-midwifery education, practice, and scholarship have spanned more than 40 years.