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Washington Adventist University Welcomes New Provost

Cheryl_KisunzuCheryl Harris Kisunzu, RN, PhD, has recently been appointed to serve as Provost of Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, MD. A seasoned academic and administrative leader, Dr. Kisunzu will begin her new role in August of this year.

“I am excited about incorporating Dr. Kisunzu into the WAU leadership team,” said President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. in a statement on the University’s website. “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.” (Read full statement here.)

Dr. Kisunzu accepted the new position following a nationwide search managed by FaithSearch Partners. The firm’s Senior Vice President, Ivan Bartolome, oversaw the process and worked closely with President Spence and his team to select the right leader. “Dr. Kisunzu is a charismatic leader who can communicate well with faculty, the University Board and their entire community,” said Bartolome. “Her passion for education and her professionalism will help strengthen the University and their approach to academics and curriculum development. I believe she has demonstrated that she will uphold the values of WAU and will make significant contributions to the achievement of their vision and continued campus growth.”

FaithSearch Partners is one of the nation’s leading retained executive search firms and is the only one of its kind focused exclusively on identifying and recruiting leaders for churches, parachurch organizations, as well as faith-based hospitals and healthcare systems. Combined, consultants at FaithSearch Partners have successfully managed more than 450 executive-level searches for numerous high-profile faith-based organizations across the country. Its website can be found at

Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a liberal arts institution located near the nation’s capital in Takoma Park, MD. The school has operated under the auspices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church since being established in 1904. WAU is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Adventist Accrediting Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Academic programs at WAU are offered in three distinct schools: The School of Arts & Social Sciences, The School of Graduate & Professional Studies and The School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness. For more information, please visit the school’s official website.


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