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Cheryl Harris Kisunzu Appointed Provost

provost smTAKOMA PARK, Md. (June 13) - Cheryl Harris, Ph.D., RN, executive dean and director of nursing at Mountain View College, Dallas, Texas, has been appointed provost of Washington Adventist University (WAU), effective August 2013.

“I am excited about incorporating Dr. Kisunzu into the WAU leadership team,” said President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “I believe that her appointment will provide the stability, vision and energy that will help WAU meet the current and future needs of our students.”

Kisunzu holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI; M.S. in Nursing from Rush University, Chicago, IL and B.S.in Nursing, also from Andrews University/Berrien Springs.

She has held senior level positions in academic and administrative leadership, including grant administrator at Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX, and at different times, had responsibility for nursing, the life sciences, and human resources at William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL.   She has also taught at the community college and university levels for 14 years.

The search for a new provost for WAU began last fall when the University engaged the services of executive search firm, FaithSearch Partners, to identify well-qualified Adventist candidates.  Five individuals were interviewed by an internal panel, four of whom were invited to campus during April and May for  in-depth review by the entire campus community and members of the Board of Trustees.

“After carefully considering each candidate’s qualifications and strengths, as well as the campus community feedback, and after much prayer, I recommended Dr. Kisunzu to the Board of Trustees as the candidate who best fits the role of Provost.  At its special meeting, June 6, the Board concurred with my recommendation,” Dr. Spence said.

“I am extremely grateful to Dr. Patrick Williams who has served as Interim Provost since last July.  He has worked tirelessly to advance the academic agenda and I believe that he has orchestrated and laid significant groundwork for the institution for the future,” he added.

The president said Dr. Williams will continue to serve WAU as associate provost and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

“I look forward to his continued leadership and perspective as WAU continues to strengthen the academy.”