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

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, PhD, MSN, MBA, 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 healthcare 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.