The Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) board of trustees has announced that Dr. Edwin Hernandez, ADU's current provost and an educator with over 30 years of experience, will succeed Dr. David Greenlaw, ADU's founding president, upon his retirement on July 31, 2017.
"Preparing health care professionals who are clinically outstanding, leadership-oriented and mission-focused to serve the growing needs of Adventist Health System and Florida Hospital is our highest priority," Dr. Hernandez said. He envisions the university growing its student body, taught by faculty who are exceptional educators, engaged scholars and leaders in their field.
A leading scholar and strong advocate for Christian education, Dr. Hernandez is also an ordained minister in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. After earning his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in theology from Loma Linda University, Dr. Hernandez earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He also holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.
In the two years since ADU welcomed him as provost, Dr. Hernandez 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 focus for ADU's future is centered on mission and leveraging the opportunities available to the university through its connection with Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System.
Dr. Hernandez has made notable contributions to the education field, including authoring multiple books and articles, serving as vice president of academic affairs at Antillean Adventist University, program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts, founding director of the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the University of Notre Dame, and leading a multimillion-dollar urban education philanthropic initiative on behalf of the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation.