Board of Directors Launches National Search for Next President
On Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, following more than 20 years of service to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Dr. Wanda Nitsch, President and Chief Academic Officer announced her plans to retire in the early months of 2018. The exact date of Dr. Nitsch’s retirement from the university will be determined once there has been an adequate transition time with the new President.
Dr. Nitsch said,
“It has been my honor to serve as your President/CAO, and I am proud of all that we have accomplished together for the good of our University and the health care professions we represent.
When I started with the University 20 years ago, we were less than 40 employees working out of two small locations in St. Augustine, FL, and serving approximately 200 students. Today, as part of a global network of higher education institutions, we represent four campuses with over 600 employees and 2,600+ students. We have educated more than 6,000 well-prepared graduates who advance health care every day. We have obtained regional accreditation, introduced innovation in education, and have advocated for state and national changes to advance what we’ve always believed in – to focus on what’s in the best interest of the students and patients we serve.
We have much to be proud of.”
USAHS CEO, Vivian Sanchez, shared, on behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire university community,
“We thank Dr. Nitsch for her more than 20 years of leadership, commitment to academic excellence and passion for developing our faculty, students and alumni. She has made a significant and lasting impression on our university, our industry and the future of health and rehabilitative sciences education.”
The USAHS Board of Directors has established a thoughtful search process that will begin immediately. The president’s role will focus on continued support of our Board-approved strategies and programmatic initiatives, while upholding the core values of our university. The ideal candidate will be a strong advocate, who embraces our vision to become the leading comprehensive health sciences university.
To select the most appropriate candidate to lead USAHS, the USAHS Board of Directors has adopted an inclusive process that seeks input from key constituencies including representatives from academic leadership, faculty, students, and staff. The Board also has engaged the services of an executive search firm that specializes in identifying senior leaders in higher education and health sciences areas.
The Board will make the final selection of a new president for USAHS based on recommendations from the Search Committee, the Screen Committee and representatives participating in the process. The Search Committee is responsible for undertaking a national search to identify qualified candidates who meet the job description as determined by the Board of Directors. Members of the Search Committee include senior academic leadership who have a strong understanding of the organization and a representative from the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. Qualified candidates who meet the criteria will be forwarded to the Screen Committee.
The Screen Committee will undertake more in-depth interviews, obtain extensive references, and recommend the candidates who should proceed in the process. Screen Committee members include representatives from areas that reflect the diverse aspects of the president’s role. These include academic administration, staff leadership, digital learning, and health sciences operations/industry relations.
In order to protect the confidentiality of the prospective candidates, only applicants recommended by the Screen Committee will participate in on-site interviews with the campus community, including representatives from program leaders, faculty, executive team, and students.
All candidates are welcome to apply for the position. Interested applicants should apply at www.usa.edu.