News Brief - 5/1/17
Chief nursing officer to advise Indiana’s online university
INDIANAPOLIS WGU Indiana Chancellor Dr. Allison Barber today announced Dr. Cindy Adams, Chief Nursing Officer at St. Vincent Health, as the newest member of the university’s advisory board. The board, comprised of leaders from the government, business, and academic sectors, advises WGU Indiana on how best to assist Hoosiers in achieving their dream of a college education.
“Cindy’s hands-on experience is invaluable for WGU as we expand our healthcare degree programs to align with the necessary skills required in the modern healthcare sector,” said Barber. “She is the perfect fit and we are excited to offer our students this level of expertise and guidance.”
WGU Indiana offers four undergraduate programs in the healthcare field and six master’s programs, including a new MBA program in Healthcare Management.
The WGU Indiana Advisory Board is comprised of nine Indiana leaders who provide guidance to the university in strategic planning and in the implementation of its programs.
Current Advisory Board Members are:
- Dr. Vincent Bertram, CEO, Project Lead the Way
- Kathy Davis, Owner, Davis Design Group and former Lt. Governor of Indiana
- Gerry Dick, President, Grow Indiana Media Ventures
- Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College and former Lt. Governor of Indiana
- Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor, City of Gary
- Mike Langellier, President and CEO, TechPoint
- Jamie Merisotis, President, Lumina Foundation for Education
- Ron Stiver, President of Clinical Services, IU Health
“WGU Indiana’s competency-based model works so well for healthcare professionals like those I’ve encountered at St. Vincent hospitals and clinics,” said Adams. “The healthcare sector in Indiana is home to thousands of great jobs and I am proud to join WGU in helping prepare Hoosiers for the healthcare roles of the 21st century.” Cindy Adams earned her bachelor’s from Ball State University and both her master’s and doctorate from Indiana University School of Nursing. She has been a critical care nurse for ten years and nurse practitioner/director for 15 for various hospitals around the state. Adams has been chief nursing officer at St. Vincent Health since 2015.