Mary T. Champagne, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD, FAAN
Recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Mary T. Champagne’s professional career has covered vast territory, spanning positions from staff nurse to Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing. As a BSN, Dr. Champagne volunteered to serve in the Peace Corps and traveled to Afghanistan where she taught, co-directed, and later directed the Lashkar Gah School of Nursing. Following her return to the US, Dr. Champagne earned her MSN and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught at the College of Nursing at The University of Nebraska, and then at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she became the Chair of the Department of Adult and Geriatric Health. From 1991-2004, she served as Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing, where she led the institution of programs to improve health care in rural North Carolina through the education of family nurse practitioners for medically underserved areas, where she brought back the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and worked with faculty to establish a PhD in Nursing Program. Dr. Champagne currently serves as a Professor in the Duke School of Nursing and Medicine and holds the Laurel Chadwick Professorship and is a Senior Fellow of the Duke University Medical Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.