About IACN

The Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing (IACN) is the Illinois voice of academic nursing and the Illinois constituency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. IACN strives to advance excellence in baccalaureate and graduate nursing education in service to the public.

It is IACN’s strong belief that the best opportunities are provided when Illinois’ universities, colleges, community colleges, and healthcare organizations work together to forge strategic partnerships for the benefit of our students. Through collaboration, we can rise to meet the challenges facing healthcare and prepare nurse-leaders who work to improve health outcomes in their communities.

Our Mission

IACN advances excellence in baccalaureate and graduate nursing education in service to the public through strategic initiatives, partnerships, and advocacy.

Our Vision

IACN is the leader in advancing baccalaureate and graduate nursing education in Illinois’ four-year institutions of higher education.

Our Values

As the leader in advancing nursing education at the collegiate level, IACN is guided by the following values.

Mutual respect

Treating all students and patients with care and respect

Collaborative communication

Encouraging clear, transparent, and collaborative communication


Working for the advancement of nursing education in Illinois


Maintaining the highest level of integrity in nursing education

IACN Leadership

Academic nursing education leadership starts here.

Charlene S. Aaron PhD, RN

President, Saint Anthony College of Nursing and Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing

IACN Chair

Frank D. Hicks, PhD, RN, CNE

Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Affairs, Professor, Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing – Rush University

IACN Vice Chair

Tiffany Greer, Ph.D., MSN, RN

Professor, Associate Dean for the School of Nursing – Olivet University

IACN Secretary

Jeannine Haberman, DNP, MBA, CNE, Chair,

Undergraduate Nursing Program – Lewis University

IACN Treasurer