Faith-Based Higher Education News Headlines in October 2015

By November 4, 2015 July 19th, 2018 News, Academic Articles

West Liberty University Selects New President

West Liberty University’s Board of Governors has officially selected a new president for the institution, effective January 2016, West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports. Dr. Stephen Greiner, current president of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky, was chosen after a comprehensive seven-month search across a pool of 40 applicants. Greiner grew up in the area, noting the campus was the first he ever visited. He’s served as a college president for 14 years and as a professor for 19. Though the institution is currently facing financial challenges, the president-elect says he sees it as a national reality and is optimistic about facing funding issues as a team.

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College to Host Human Trafficking Education Seminar to Help Healthcare Professionals Identify, Help Victims

Barnes-Jewish College’s Goldfarb School of Nursing in St. Louis, Mo. held a human trafficking educational seminar Oct. 22 to help equip healthcare professionals to better identify and provide care for victims, the college reports. Because healthcare providers are often the first or only professionals trafficked individuals see, it is important providers are prepared to observe signs of possible trafficking. According to a 2014 study in the Annals of Health Law, nearly 88 percent of human trafficking survivors report having had some sort of contact with the healthcare system while trafficked. The program educated attendees on red flags and clinical indicators to look for in potential victims as well as strategies for intervention.

Kettering College to Offer New Healthcare Management Major

Ohio’s Kettering College has announced it will offer a new business major beginning in August 2016 designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare management. The major will be a three-year, full-time program is equivalent to a four-year degree and will also include a pre-occupational therapy track. Half of the courses will be offered on campus, while the others will be offered online, Dayton Daily News reports.

Waynesburg University Hires Enrollment Vice President

Waynesburg University has named a new Vice President of Enrollment as of Oct. 26, 2015, according to the Observer-Reporter. Dr. Shari Payne will oversee all recruitment aspects of the admissions process and will direct an overarching recruitment plan to bring a high-achieving and diverse student body to the Pennsylvania university with the goal of maintaining its academic excellence. Payne holds 20 years of experience in admissions, financial aid and academic affairs, including her most recent role as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Shepherd University in West Virginia.

Larry Cockrum Confirmed as President of University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Ky.’s University of the Cumberlands has appointed a new president, Dr. Larry L. Cockrum, officially confirmed Oct. 15. The Western Recorder reports he has served as CEO and President-Elect over the last year, overseeing all operational aspects of the school. Cockrum joined Cumberlands in 2005 and served as Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2007-2014. Enrollment at the university skyrocketed from 1728 to 6100 students during his tenure, due in large part to Cockrum’s vision to expand online course offerings.


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