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Tricia Penniecook Joins Oakwood University as Academic Vice President


Oakwood University’s insideOakwood newsletter announced the hiring of a new Academic Vice President, who comes from Loma Linda University. The release follows:

Oakwood University Administration is pleased to announce that Tricia Penniecook, M.D., MPH, current dean of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, has accepted an invitation to serve at Oakwood University as vice president for Academic Administration.

Dr. Penniecook brings a wealth of national and international leadership experience to the Oakwood University position. She will close out the academic year at Loma Linda University and officially take up her responsibilities at Oakwood on July 1, 2015.

Dr. Penniecook’s name comes forward from a University Search Committee consisting of administrators, faculty, staff, and student representatives. Dr. Timothy McDonald, University provost and senior vice president, chaired the interview meetings, where names were considered over a three-month period. Of the five interviewed finalists, Dr. Pennicook’s qualifications as a broadly-experienced academic administrator commended her to the position.

My family and I are very excited to join the Oakwood University family as it prepares leaders to fulfill God’s mission for their lives. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with committed faculty, staff, and students who care about their community and are able to make a difference,” said Dr. Penniecook.

At the first Faculty Meeting of the Spring semester, on January 20, 2015, Dr. Penniecook is scheduled to share the presentation she made to the Search Committee, titled “Oakwood’s Role in Fighting Disparities.”

The Administration extends its generous thanks to Dr. George Ashley and Dr. Chandra Mountain, for their contributions to the Division of Academic Administration in the “acting” roles they assumed this year. They will be finishing up projects commenced during this academic year before resuming their previous responsibilities on July 1, 2015. “Both Dr. Ashley and Dr. Mountain have our full support, as the work they continue to do is vital as we prepare for our fifth-year accreditation report,” said Dr. Leslie Pollard, Oakwood University president

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