Further demonstrating and enhancing its growing strength in health sciences education, Trine University will welcome Whitney Bandemer, J.D., as its first vice president for health sciences, effective Nov. 13. The new Cabinet-level position has total oversight for the university's Health Sciences Education Center, located on the Parkview Randallia campus in Fort Wayne.
Bandemer brings extensive experience in building and managing healthcare degree programs to her new post at Trine. She most recently served as vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives at Manchester University, where she played a key role in the development, launch and accreditation of that institution's College of Pharmacy and in the construction of its Fort Wayne campus.
She also served in a similar capacity at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, Virginia, prior to joining Manchester.
At Trine, Bandemer will be responsible for advancing Trine University's program expansion and overall operations in health sciences in accordance with the university's strategic priorities. Her responsibilities will include oversight of the Health Sciences Education Center, including articulating clear priorities and goals for the center's operation and development in alignment with the university's strategic plan, policies and procedures.
She also will establish and oversee all operational and auxiliary services for the center - including human resources, information technology, marketing and enrollment, and public relations - to ensure students are provided with strong programs and services for an exceptional education and campus experience.
Bandemer holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in government from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the bar in Virginia and Tennessee.
She is extensively involved in the Fort Wayne community, serving on the Board of Directors for the AWS Foundation, Fort Wayne Zoological Society, and as chair of the Board of Directors for the Embassy Theatre. She also is a member of the Canterbury School Community Advisory Board.
Since opening its Health Sciences Education Center in 2014, Trine University has continued to develop and expand its health sciences programs in Fort Wayne. The center is home to Trine's first doctoral program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy, which graduated its first class and was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in 2017.
Trine launched its Master of Physician Assistant Studies in 2018 and the its Associate of Science in Surgical Technology, located in a new expansion developed in partnership with Parkview Health, in 2019. The university will begin RN-to-BSN and physical therapist assistant programs in fall 2020, with future plans including certified registered nurse anesthetist, occupational therapy and speech pathology degrees.
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