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

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