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Dr. Denise Wells Earns DAWN’s 2021 Leadership Award

Dr. Denise Wells Earns DAWN’s 2021 Leadership Award
WilmU’s Ashlee Youmans also honored as a 2021-2022 DAWN Rising Star

Dr. Denise Wells, dean of the College of Health Professions at Wilmington University, has earned the 2021 DAWN Leadership Award. DAWN – the acronym for Delaware American Council on Education Women’s Network, grants its annual Leadership Award to a woman in higher education who has excelled in the industry and serves as a role model to its rising stars.

The award will be presented virtually at the DAWN Annual Awards event on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Dr. Wells holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Nursing, and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education Leadership, all from Wilmington University. She received national certification as a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing. Before joining the University, Dr. Wells served as the director of nursing of a free-standing, ambulatory surgery center and a clinical faculty member at the Beebe School of Nursing. She is a member of several boards and was recognized by Delaware Today Magazine for excellence in nursing.

“Recognition as a leader in higher education is a proud moment in my professional career,” says Dr. Wells. “Wilmington University has provided me the platform to encourage others toward achieving their own goals, and my colleagues have always welcomed the enthusiasm I bring to the table to accomplish that feat.”

The Oct. 21 event also honors Wilmington University Rising Star Award winner and academic advisor Ashlee Youmans, who holds two master’s degrees and is working toward her doctorate. Youmans was selected for her strong work ethic and exemplary student service. She also has served in the Army National Guard.

“We celebrate Dr. Wells’ distinguished career and are delighted that DAWN has honored and recognized her dedication and talent with this meaningful award,” says Wilmington University President Dr. LaVerne Harmon. “We also extend our congratulations to Ashlee Youmans, who is deeply committed to serving our students. Both women are role models in the higher education field and exemplary representatives of the Wilmington University community.”

For full bios of Dr. Denise Wells and Ashlee Youmans, as well as a list of all event awardees and information about the DAWN organization, visit DAWN.

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