February 6, 2018
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Leonard Achan ’99: Artist, Mentor, Advocate, Leader


Leonard Achan, Hospital for Special SurgeryThe extraordinary Lenny Achan ’99 began his transformative career as a nursing student at Adelphi, and has gone on to become Chief Innovative Officer at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

He’s also a gifted multimedia artist, a mentor, an advocate—and a dedicated trustee of Adelphi University. 

Achan was recently profiled by Taylor Swaak for Newsday in an article that shows this Adelphi alum’s journey as a graffiti artist, a nurse and a health care executive.

He landed his first role at Mount Sinai when he was a student at Adelphi. “Adelphi had the top nursing program, Achan said. “It was the only school I applied to.” In 1998, he applied to and was accepted by Mount Sinai to complete his senior practicum there. After graduating with his nursing degree from Adelphi, Mount Sinai hired him full time.

» Read the Newsday article

» Read Achan’s alumni profile


About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

More than 100,000 Adelphi graduates have gained the skills to thrive professionally as active, caring citizens, making their mark on the University, their communities and the world.

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