Adventist University of Health Sciences Names New President

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Edwin Hernández will bring over 30 years of experience to the new role.

Edwin Hernández, a veteran educator and current provost at Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) in Orlando, Florida, United States, will succeed David Greenlaw, ADU’s founding president, after his retirement on July 31, 2017.

ADU was founded in 1992 by Greenlaw at the behest of then Florida Hospital President Tom Werner. It opened registration under the name Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, and offered four associate degree programs to 243 students. In 2012, the name was changed to Adventist University of Health Sciences as a “better reflection of who we’ve always been”, according to Greenlaw. As of today, ADU offers bachelor, master and doctorate-level degrees to over 1,800 students, as well as online degrees, and has expanded to a second location in Denver, Colorado.

Hernández highlighted that for 27 years, Greenlaw’s visionary leadership has guided ADU’s growth and development, even before the first walls were even constructed. “I am humbled and honored to follow in the footsteps of David Greenlaw,” he said. “He built an innovative institution with an important mission, and I am committed to building upon that extraordinary legacy.”

In the two years since ADU welcomed him as provost, Hernández has solidified his reputation on campus as a caring, dedicated educator and a servant leader who has the credentials, passion for mission and heart to successfully lead ADU. His work as provost brought many accomplishments to ADU, including key accreditations for new programs at the school. He was also instrumental in recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty members to teach, support and enhance the University’s quality and stature.

“We are advancing a wholistic understanding of higher education, developing the mind, body and spirit for our students,” Hernández said. “In a time when healthcare workers are in high demand, we can create a unique workforce of highly compassionate and skilled candidates who are passionate about mission, excellence and leadership.”

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