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2023-2024 Employee Handbook 
2023-2024 Employee Handbook

3. Ownership and Administration

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3.1 Statement of Ownership 3.3 Membership of the University Board of Trustees
3.2 Accrediting Bodies 3.4 Administration of the University


3.1 Statement of Ownership

AdventHealth University, Inc. (University) - a wholly owned subsidiary of Adventist Health System/Sunbelt, Inc. (doing business as AdventHealth Orlando) - is operated by the University’s Board of Trustees (“Board”). The University’s Board elects Trustees for appointment to the Board subject to ratification by the membership.

The University’s Board is authorized to oversee the educational programs of the University.

3.2 Accrediting Bodies

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC)

AdventHealth University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award certificates, associate’s, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of AdventHealth University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Inquiries about AdventHealth University accreditation should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventists Schools, Colleges, and Universities

12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
Phone: (301) 680-6000

The Association is commonly known as the Adventist Accrediting Association and operates under the acronym of AAA.

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

c/o Accreditation Department
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)
6116 Executive Blvd., Suite 200
North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929
Phone: (301) 652-AOTA


Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)

3325 Paddocks Parkway,
Suite 345
Suwanee, GA 30024
Phone: (770) 476-1224

ARC-PA Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARCPA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the AdventHealth University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by AdventHealth University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-adventhealth-university/.


Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Educations (CAPTE)

3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 706-3245
Email: accreditation@apta.org

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at AdventHealth University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suire 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/ institution directly, please call (407) 303-9904 or email dptinfo@ahu.edu.


Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

9355 113th Street N., #7709
Seminole, FL 33775-7709
Phone: (727) 210-2350


Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

The Master of Healthcare Administration degree program at AdventHealth University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME is the only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAHME is located at PO Box 911, Spring House, PA 19477; telephone: (301) 298-1820; email: info@cahme.org; web address: www.cahme.org. If you are needing to contact the program directly, please call (407) 303-5711.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
Phone:  (202) 887-6791
Fax:  (202) 887-8476


Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Program (COA)

The Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia program’s next review by the COA is scheduled for Spring 2030.

10275 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 906
Rosemont, IL  60018-5603
Phone: (224) 275-9130


Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

20 N Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300; 
Email: mail@jrcert.org


Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT)

820 W Danforth Road, #B1
Edmond, OK 73003
Phone: (405) 285-0546
Fax:  (405) 285-0579
Email: mail@jrcnmt.org


3.3 Membership of the University Board of Trustees

The board of Trustees of the University is composed of the following:

Officers (with voting rights)
Randy Haffner, Chairman of the Board President & CEO, AdventHealth/Central Florida Division
Ron Smith, Vice Chair President, Southern Union of Seventh-day Adventists
Edwin Hernandez, Secretary President & CEO, AdventHealth University


Trustees of the Board 

Diane Andrews Retired
Olesea Azevedo Chief Human Resources Officer, AdventHealth
Ken Bacon President & CEO, AdventHealth/Multi State Division
Kathleen Clem Professor - Department of Emergency Medicine, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Arelis Diaz Director, Office of the President, W.K. Kellogg Foundation 
Daryl Dixon CEO/Co-Founder, Valintry Services
Todd Goodman Chief Financial Officer, AdventHealth/Orlando - Central Florida Division
Gerald Hubbell  Owner, Hubbell Funeral Home and Crematory
David Jimenez Retired/Consultant
Jeff Kuhlman Chief Quality & Safety Officer, AdventHealth/Central Florida Division
Allan Machado President, Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA)
Rachel Miles VP of Nursing, Centura Health
Lamata Mitchell Chief Learning Officer, AdventHealth
David Ottati President & CEO, AdventHealth/West Florida Division
Terry Shaw President & CEO, AdventHealth
Shannon Stewartson Chief Executive Officer, Orthopedic Clinic of  Daytona Beach

 1As of November 2022

3.4 Administration of the University

A copy of the AHU Organizational Chart can be found on the R: Drive.

Chairman of the University Board of Trustees

The Chairman of the University Board of Trustees is elected by the members of the University Board.

President of the University

The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the University and is responsible to the University Board of Trustees for all phases of the University’s operation.  The President chairs all business sessions of the President’s Council and is an ex-officio member of all standing and ad hoc committees.  In consultation with other University administrators, the President is responsible for recommending an annual budget to the University Board of Trustees and for the approval of all expenditures provided for in that budget.  As CEO, the President leads in the planning and execution of the institution’s strategic vision.


The Provost is responsible to the University President for the supervision and direction of all academic activities at the University, in collaboration with other academic administration. The Provost chairs the Academic Policies Committee and serves on several administrative committees.  

Senior Vice President for Finance

The Senior Vice President is responsible to the University President for the financial operations of the University including, but not limited to, student accounts, financial aid, and University financial records. This individual is responsible to the President for the day-to-day operational needs of the institution. The responsibilities of this position include the physical plant, maintenance, and environmental services. This individual is also responsible for the information technology department, the University bookstore, and the N.E.S.S. café. 

Senior Vice President for Operational Strategy and Learning

Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President for Operational Strategy and Learning, supports the University’s mission by leading high standards of excellence in operational performance and optimization that directly impacts the learner. The SVP for Operational Strategy and Learning oversees AHU’s comprehensive suite of educational programs and services, including Admissions, Enrollment, Student Experience, Office of the Registrar, Online Academic Operations, the Denver Campus, and the academic departments of Healthcare Administration, Imaging Sciences, and Nursing. The SVP is also responsible for advising and collaborating with AHU’s Chief Academic Officer and C-suite executives on the development, deployment, and assessment of policy and programming, and adherence to accreditation standards. The SVP for Operational Strategy and Learning brings innovation and leadership to the development and execution of best-in-class strategies that enhance member and constituent engagement. 

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Health & Biomedical Sciences

The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible to the President for the overall quality of student life on campus.  This individual has administrative responsibility for the Health and Biomedical Sciences , Physician’s Assistant and Nurse Anesthesia Departments, as well as counseling, pastoral care, student housing, the Libraryand campus safety and security.   This individual also manages and coordinates closely with the Dean of Students regarding student discipline, student academic support services, and community and student engagement.  

Vice President for Marketing & Business Development

The Vice President for Marketing and Business Development is responsible for branding and marketing strategies that attract qualified students to attend the university. This individual also engages in business development with AdventHealth and within the larger communities served by the university. Public relations, communications, exploring new academic programs, and advancing the university’s reputation is also included in their scope of responsibilities.

Assistant to the President for Mission

The Assistant to the President for Mission is responsible to the University President to oversee and implement the strategic initiatives to strengthen the mission and spiritual life on campus.

Chief Compliance Officer

The Chief Compliance Officer is responsible to the President to oversee institutional compliance with Federal and State regulations including Title IX sexual anti-discrimination and Campus SaVE Act anti-violence federal laws.

Human Resources Business Partner

The Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) is responsible to the President to align business objectives with employees and management in order to develop integrated solutions.  The HRBP serves as a consultant to management on human resource-related issues while also acting as an employee champion and change agent.