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Kenneth W. Dion, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN

Assistant Dean
Assistant Dean for Business Innovation and Strategic Relationships
Kenneth Dion
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Administration/Health Systems Mngmt
  • Business
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Informatics


Kenneth Dion is a 40-year veteran of the health care industry and president-elect of Sigma, which he has previously served at a variety of levels and in many capacities. (His term as Sigma president begins in 2021). The nurse entrepreneur, inventor, and scholar brings non-traditional and highly value-added expertise to identifying and advancing business opportunities within nursing locally, nationally, and internationally. In 1999, Dr. Dion founded Decision Critical, Inc., a cloud-based start-up information systems company, to meet the education, compliance, and competency development needs of health care organizations. He was awarded a patent for Critical Portfolio, a first-of-its-kind ePortfolio application, and Critical Staffer, a reverse staffing system. In 2012, Decision Critical was acquired by HealthStream, Inc., where Dr. Dion served as vice president and chief of nursing informatics. He later founded TurnPath, LLC, a health care technology incubator. He is a Virginia Henderson, Billye Brown, and Sigma Fellow. He earned his bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Central Florida and his MBA, MSN, and a doctorate in nursing systems at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Awards/Honors

    2020 Nobel Knight Award, University of Central Florida

    2019 Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

    2016 Sigma Theta Tau Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International

    2013 Billye Brown Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International

    2012 National Student Nurses’ Association President’s Award

    2011 Knightingale Society, University of Central Florida

    2009 Virginia Henderson Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International

    2006 National Student Nurses’ Association Honorary Member

    2005 University of Central Florida College of Health and Public Affairs Professional Achievement Award

    2005 National Student Nurses’ Association Recognition of Outstanding Contribution

    2003 Austin Business Journal HealthCare Hero Award

    2000 Faculty Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin

    1994 Andersen Foundation Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin

    1991 Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

    1991 Helene Fuld Foundation International Fellowship

    1991 Outstanding Student, College of Health and Professional Studies, University of Central Florida

    1991 National Leadership Award, Department of Nursing, University of Central Florida

    1991 Diane Wilson Memorial Scholarship, University of Central Florida 1991 Mathews Orthopedic Scholarship, University of Central Florida

    1991 “Nurses Who Made a Difference,” Florida Nurses’ Association

    1991 Who’s Who of American Universities

    1991 Outstanding College Students of America

    1987 Certificate of Appreciation, Paramedic Program, Indian River Community College