Oklahoma Baptist University

Dr. Lepaine McHenry

Dean, College of Nursing

Thurmond Hall 118

OBU Box 61805
500 W. University
Shawnee, OK 74804


Lepaine Sharp-McHenry joined the OBU faculty in 2013. Previously at the University of Arkansas, she served as assistant director of the School of Nursing for four years. She served as a full-time faculty member from 1993-2000, and on the adjunct clinical faculty from 2002-06. She was an online graduate nursing adjunct faculty member for Regis University from 2007-09. She has served in nursing legal consultation for various law firms since 1998.

McHenry received a doctorate in nursing practice with a specialty in executive leadership from Union University in 2014. Her clinical practice included work at Charter Vista Hospital in Fayetteville from 1989-93 as a staff nurse in the adult psychiatric program, staff development director, interim adult addictive disease nurse manager, interim children’s program manager, interim human resources director and nursing education coordinator.

Her previous practice included long-term care with Millspaugh and Associates and Rose Care, Inc.; director of nursing and in-service education coordinator with Apple Tree Inn Nursing Home; oncology charge and staff nurse and head nurse, recuperative care skilled unit with Washington Regional Medical Center; charge nurse with Union Medical Center; and staff nurse, surgical unit, with University of Missouri Health-Science Center. She is a certified long term care nurse administrator and certified for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation with the American Heart Association.


  • A.D.N., Southern Arkansas University
  • B.S.N., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • M.S.N., University of Oklahoma - Tulsa
  • DNP, Union University


  • Eleanor Mann School of Nursing 2010 Service Award
  • American Association of Collegiate Nursing Leadership Academic Nursing Program Fellow in 2009
  • Outstanding Volunteer Award for NWA Junior League in 2004
  • Outstanding Young Arkansan in 1999
  • Fayetteville’s Young Top Five Professionals in 1999
  • Eleanor Mann School of Nursing Research Award in 1998
  • University of Oklahoma Outstanding Academic Achievement in 1996

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