The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences to Inaugurate New President

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be inaugurating Dr. Gail E. Kist-Kline as its fourth president on Monday, October 15, 2018

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be inaugurating Dr. Gail E. Kist-Kline as its fourth president on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Auditorium on A Level at The Christ Hospital. A reception will immediately follow in the Centennial Pavilion.

A bagpipe procession will begin prior to the event (weather permitting) promptly at 4:15 p.m. at The Christ College. The procession consisting of College Administration, Faculty, Staff, Board Members, and Rev. Mitchell, all wearing regalia, will cross the center drive of The Christ Hospital en route to the hospital. Chairman of the Board, Cathy Hamblen, and President Kist-Kline will join the procession as it passes the Medical Office Building en route. Ceremonial addresses will be made by Cathy M. Hamblen, Chair, College Board of Directors; Dr. James S. Wendel, Past Chair, College Board of Directors; Alexis White, President, Student Congress; and Arturo Polizzi, President and CEO of The Christ Hospital.

Dr. Kist-Kline began her role as president of The Christ College on July 1, 2018. She replaced Dr. Gary Pack, who retired on June 30, 2018. Before joining The Christ College, she spent over three decades as an educator in Ohio as a high school teacher, faculty member and administrator at Miami University for eight years, Assistant Principal in the Lakota Local Schools, Principal at St. Joseph Consolidated School and Princeton City Schools and Curriculum Coordinator at Princeton, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Wyoming City Schools, and most recently the Superintendent of Mason City Schools.

Dr. Kist-Kline is currently the Immediate Past President of the Miami University (Oxford) Alumni Association, and has served her alma mater in a variety of capacities for many years. She served on the Board of The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences from 2012-2017, member of Grant Us Hope Board (a non-profit focused on reducing teen suicide), 2018 DePaul Christo Rey Board member, Circle of Red Heart Association member, and a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 36.

“This role brings together many of my past experiences in higher education, health sciences, and leadership along with my love of embracing new approaches to meet the evolving needs of health care and higher education,” said Kist-Kline.

The Christ College of Nursing & Health Sciences was ranked in #1 college in Ohio, 12th in the Nation in the annual College Salary Report for two-year programs, 2018 (PayScale), #1 college in the region for post graduate salaries, 2017 (Cincinnati Business Courier), and 13th largest college in the region (Cincinnati Business Courier).

Members of the media are welcome to observe the procession at 4:15 p.m. and inauguration immediately following. For parking instructions and escort to the college or auditorium, please contact Susan Christy at 440-503-4088 (mobile) or

About The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences: The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, affiliated with The Christ Hospital Health Network for over a century, is a regionally accredited, private institution of higher learning. The Christ College offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, including a traditional 4 year BSN program, Accelerated BSN for second degree seekers, and an online RN to BSN completion program for nurses wishing to advance their education to a bachelor level. A Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration is also offered with learning opportunities in partnership with The Christ Hospital. Guided by its core values of caring, collaboration, integrity and excellence, and enriched by a foundation in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, its mission is to prepare individuals both for delivery of healthcare that promotes the well-being of a dynamic society and for life-long learning. To learn more about the College and its programs, visit

About The Christ Hospital Health Network: The Christ Hospital Health Network is an acute care hospital located in Mt. Auburn with six ambulatory centers and dozens of offices conveniently located throughout the region. The Network is supported by more than 1200 talented physicians and 6000 dedicated employees. Their mission is to improve the health of the community and to create patient value by providing exceptional outcomes, the finest experiences all in an affordable way. They have been recognized by Forbes Magazine as the 29th best employer for women out of 300 in their Best Employers for Women listing, and the 24th best large employer in the nation in their America’s 500 Best Large Employers listing. They have been recognized by National Consumer Research as the region’s Most Preferred Hospital for 22 consecutive years. The Network is dedicated to transforming care by delivering integrated, personalized healthcare through its comprehensive, multi-specialty physician network. The Christ Hospital is among only six percent of hospitals in the nation to be awarded Magnet recognition for nursing excellence and among the top five percent of hospitals in the country for patient satisfaction. For more than 125 years, The Christ Hospital has provided compassionate care to those it serves.