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Wilkes University Announces Mesa Advisory Board

Contact: Vicki Mayk


Wilkes University has selected members for an advisory board to help steer its efforts in presenting degree programs in Mesa, Ariz.

The advisory board will serve as advocates and ambassadors for the University as it seeks to establish itself in the Mesa region. Board members will provide insight about the region and its educational needs and goals. They will also make recommendations on opportunities for enrollment growth, community and business partnerships, community service and internship and job placement.

The board consists of community, education and business leaders from the Mesa area. Two advisory board members, Robert Castellani, regional manager for the Principal Financial Group, and Ellen Van Riper, an attorney with Holloway, Odegard & Kelly, are alumni of the University. Advisory board members include:

Rhonda Anderson, CEO, Cardon Children’s Medical Center
Patrick Burkhart, provost, Mesa Community College
Brian Campbell, Esq., attorney, Campbell Law Group
Robert Castellani ‘85, regional managing director, Principal Financial Group
Dr. Michael Cowan, superintendent, Mesa Public Schools
Dr. Debra Duvall, executive director, Arizona School Administrators, Inc.
Sally Harrison, president and CEO, Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Cindy Ornstein, director of arts & culture, City of Mesa; executive director, Mesa Arts Center
Dr. Scott Somers, council member, City of Mesa
Rebecca Timmer, corporate relations, Dibble Engineering
Ellen Van Riper ’83, Esq., attorney, Holloway, Odegard & Kelly, PLC
T. Dan Wollam, president and CEO, Mesa United Way
Dr. James Zaharis, vice president, education, Greater Phoenix Leadership
Steven G. Zylstra, Sc.D (Hon.), president and CEO, Arizona Technology Council

In January 2013, Wilkes began offering courses for a master’s degree in business administration and creative writing in Mesa. Starting in fall 2013, additional master’s degree programs in teaching English as a second language, classroom technology, engineering management, and mechanical engineering will be offered.

About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Its main campus is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Recently named one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilkes offers doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees; more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing; and 37 undergraduate degrees.




Published On: 4/30/2013
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