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Knight Retires as Greensboro AHEC Director After 28 Years of AHEC Service
"Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
- Harold R. McAlindon
Rebecca (Beckie) Knight, MSN, MBA, recently retired as executive director of Greensboro AHEC. During her 28 years with AHEC, she made a large impact on AHEC's teaching programs and clinics.
Knight (photo right) entered AHEC in nursing continuing education in 1984. By 1985, she was appointed as the administrative director of Greensboro AHEC and served in that capacity for 19 years. As the internet boom began to impact continuing education, Beckie pushed the envelope to learning beyond the traditional classroom approach. These efforts led to the development of AHEConnect in 1998, and established Greensboro AHEC as a Center of Excellence for online education among the NC AHEC Program.
In 2004 she was named AHEC Director upon the retirement of Don Smith, MD. During her time as AHEC Director, Knight worked closely with our Residency Teaching Programs focusing on their ACGME practices and accreditation and with AHEC Continuing Medical Education Staff. In 2009, for the first time in the history of the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine Residency Programs, the Sports Medicine Fellowship, the Moses Cone Institutional Review and the Continuing Medical Education programs all received maximum accreditation status from the ACGME and the ACCME.
In addition to her many achievements with Greensboro AHEC, Knight also served as a United Way Loaned Executive, attended the Juran Institute to learn quality improvement processes and tools, served numerous terms as chairperson for the NC AHEC Administrative Group, and Co-Chaired the NCHA grant to implement Rapid Response Teams in the state. With all of these accomplishments, she has successfully left a trail to be remembered. Her greatest aspiration now is to be with family, travel, read all of the books she has not gotten to, and learn to surf. Please join Greensboro AHEC in wishing Knight well on creating her next path.
Jane Nester, DrPH, has been appointed as the new executive director of Greensboro AHEC and Medical Education with Cone Health.
Nester (photo right) joins GAHEC from Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, where she has served as director for medical education administration for the past six years. She brings with her over 25 years of progressive health care leadership experience in education, management and research. Most importantly she brings a passion for primary care which is evident in her past achievements, including her award-winning collaborative initiatives in quality and performance improvement.