Alumna Receives Nursing Honor
Rear Admiral (RADM)
September 28, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Rear Admiral (RADM) Denise Canton, a 1974 alumna of Illinois Wesleyan
University, has been selected as the 2009 Distinguished Alumna for Nursing Excellence.
This honor is awarded annually to one alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated outstanding
excellence in the fields of nursing practice, education and research. Rear Admiral
Canton will be honored at the annual School of Nursing Homecoming Brunch and Award Program on Oct. 10. Both events will take place in the Center for
Natural Science Learning and Research (201 Beecher St., Bloomington).
The brunch will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Commons Area, with the award program following
at 10:00 a.m. in room C102. At the award program, RADM Canton will give a presentation
entitled, "Bridging the Gap: The Role of the Commissioned Corps of the United States
Public Health Service."
The event is free and open to the public. People wishing to attend should register
by calling the School of Nursing office at (309) 556-3051, or by logging onto titanpride.org.
After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan with a bachelor of science in nursing degree,
RADM Canton earned a master's of nursing and a doctorate in nursing science degree
from The Catholic University of America. Additionally, she earned a juris doctor
from Georgetown University Law Center where she was selected as a Public Interest
Since she began her career as a civilian nurse (clinical nurse specialist and nurse
recruiter) with the United States Public Health Service, RADM Canton has switched
over to active duty in the Commissioned Corp and has held assignments including commissioned
personnel placement officer-senior staffing officer in the Commissioned Personnel
Operations Division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH). She
has also been deputy director and acting director in the Division of Commissioned
Personnel in the Program Support Center.
RADM Canton is currently the second director of the Office of Commissioned Corps Force
Management in the Office of Public Health and Science. Her decorated honors include
three Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medals, the Commendation Medal, the PHS
Citation, the Outstanding Unit Citation, and the Unit Commendation. She received a
Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for service to the community. Through
her involvement in professional and community organizations, RADM Canton spreads the
word and shares information about the Commissioned Corps.
For additional information, contact the School of Nursing office at (309) 556-3051.
Contact: Kasey Evans '12, (309) 556-3181