St. John’s College of Nursing Alumni Association has selected H. Catherine Miller, EdD, MS, RN, CNE, as the recipient of the 2020 Distinguished Alumna Award.

“Dr. H. Catherine Miller (Class of 1970), was nominated for the distinguished alumna award by her peers because of her contributions to the profession of nursing,” said St. John’s College of Nursing Chancellor Charlene Aaron, PhD, RN. “The alumni board supported the nomination because of Catherine’s commitment to high quality nursing education, leadership and mentoring current and future nurse leaders. In this year of the nurse and nurse midwife, nurses look to role models like Catherine to guide them through the professional challenges realized in the year 2020 and beyond.”

Miller is a 1970 graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing. She received a bachelor’s degree from Sangamon State University in 1981, a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville in 1986 and completed her doctoral degree in educational organization and leadership, higher education administration in 2009.

She retired from the Illinois State University Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) in 2017 where she served as associate dean of academics. Miller served as a nurse for 47 years and spent most of those years working as a nurse educator. Her career has spanned across four states and eight different nursing programs, including serving as assistant director of St. John’s School of Nursing from 1988 - 1990.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the 2020 St. John’s College of Nursing’s Distinguished Alumni,” Miller said. “I have been blessed to have a wonderful career in nursing and nursing education. Fifty years ago, I began my nursing career at St. John’s Hospital. I was fortunate to be supported and mentored by many great nurses and nursing educators throughout the years.”

This is the 10th year the college has awarded the distinguished alumni award. For more information about the award and this year’s recipient, visit

Media Contact

Jennifer Snopko

Manager of Marketing & Communications
HSHS St. John's Hospital
Office: (217) 814-7857

Latest News

St. John's College of Nursing honors legacy donor of $1.125M gift

 June 9, 2022

Today St. John’s College of Nursing honored and remembered the late Patricia Ann Sur Hart who endowed $1.125 million to the college to establish a scholarship fund


May 22 graduates celebrated

 May 19, 2022

St. John's College of Nursing celebrates May graduation


St. John’s College of Nursing Now Offers Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree

 February 4, 2022

St. John’s College of Nursing is pleased to announce the start of its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in the Fall of 2022.