Parker University appoints Provost
Maria DiDanieliFeatures Education Profession
July 12, Dallas,
TX – Parker University
has named Dr. Gery Hochanadel as its first provost.
Dr. Hochanadel will play a vital
role in the new vision of the university and will be a critical part of its
leadership. He has more than 30 combined years of experience in managing higher
“This new role is imperative for the
next steps we’ll be taking as a university,” said Dr. Fabrizio Mancini,
president of Parker
experience in education is outstanding and we‚re looking forward to the impact
his expertise will have on Parker.”
Dr. Hochanadel joins Parker from Keiser University,
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he served as the vice
chancellor of academic affairs for 16 years of his more than 30 years in higher
education. He operated as the chief academic officer of the university and
provided leadership to the campuses in their quest to become one of the best
private universities in the South. He led the university’s reaffirmation by the
Commission on Colleges in 2007 with no findings, directed and coordinated the
approval of numerous degree level changes with the Commission on Colleges,
developed and implemented web-based distance education, and established more
than 10 allied health programs for the university.
In addition, he developed and implemented
24 associate degree programs, 12 baccalaureate degree programs, four master’s
degree programs, and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership while
at Keiser University.
Dr. Hochanadel received his
doctorate of philosophy in adult and occupational education from Kansas State
University. He also holds
a master of science degree in education from Fort
University and a bachelor of arts
degree in political science from Fort
University. He has been a
published author in nearly 15 publications and journals.
He was appointed by the president of
Commission on Colleges to the Peer Review Advisory Committee for the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for the 2008-2010
terms. He was also appointed as a member of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Institutional Effectiveness
Curriculum Committee to develop an institutional effectiveness training program
for members of peer evaluation committees in 2008.
In addition, Dr. Honchanadel has
been involved on numerous boards and committees for more than 30 years and has
a long history of committee service to the commission.
“In today’s educational and health
care landscapes, there’s a great opportunity for growth and development at Parker University,”
said Dr. Honchanadel. “I’m extremely excited to be a leading force of the
In its new vision, Parker University
will expand graduate level offerings with additional degrees in health and wellness.
In addition, Parker’s vision includes serving as an expert resource for the
community by providing the public the tools and information needed to be
proactive about their health. The university envisions its role in the
community as a source for educating and creating awareness of health and
wellness. Parker also plans to offer health and wellness classes, events, and
other opportunities for the community.
Dr. Hochanadel will be a key factor
in leading the visions of encouraging and involving the community in taking a
proactive approach with their health and will play a significant role in
directing and overseeing the development and implementation of additional
“We plan to expand the scope of our
mission to include allied health degrees that provide additional support to our
core doctor of chiropractic program,” said Dr. Hochanadel. “We also expect to
add online degree programs.”
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