April Summitt

Provost at La Sierra University

April Summitt

April Summitt

Provost at La Sierra University

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Dr. Summitt first joined the La Sierra University community in 2013 as the University’s first Dean of General Education. In that role she worked with colleagues and Faculty Senate to effect significant policy changes and revitalize the general education program. In 2016, Dr. Summitt was appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Not only has she shaped a strategic plan for the 16 departments of the College that includes necessary foci on building pathways to facilitate student access to and through college, but also she has made connections and partnerships with local school districts, the Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Riverside Police Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services, to name a few. Developing partnerships include the Arlington Youth Innovation Center, Kaiser Permanente Riverside Medical Center, the Mission Inn Foundation, and Bourns, Incorporated.

Dr. Summitt is well qualified to assume the role of the University’s Provost. She holds a PhD in History from Western Michigan University, has authored four books, two of them refereed publications, as well as numerous scholarly articles. Her record as a teacher at both undergraduate and graduate levels at Andrews University and Arizona State University is exemplary.

Additionally, Dr. Summitt served as a founding member of the interdisciplinary School of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus. While there, she co-founded the department of Interdisciplinary Humanities and Communication and a program in History and Culture with six program tracks for which she drafted the curriculum: Environmental History and Culture, History and Culture of the American Southwest, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, History and Public Policy, Archival Preservation and Digital Media, and History for Secondary Teachers. While the titles of the programs and school have changed somewhat since she left Arizona State University for La Sierra in 2013, the mark of her work still remains in this innovative transdisciplinary program.

The campus community has long been impressed by Dr. Summitt’s commitment to the mission of Adventist higher education as well as the ethos of La Sierra University and its mission to seek truth, to know God, and to serve others.

Thus, without reservation and upon the recommendation of the Provost Search Committee and Executive Committee, President Fehr presented Dr. April Summitt’s candidacy to University Council for ratification on June 11, 2020, at which time, University Council approved Dr. Summitt’s appointment as Provost effective July 1, 2020.

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Andrews University is a university in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Founded in 1874 as Battle Creek College, it was the first higher education facility started by Seventh-day Adventists, and is the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventist school system. Andrews is the largest evangelical Christian college or university in the state of Michigan, in terms of undergraduate and graduate enrollment.It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.

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La Sierra University is a Seventh-day Adventist co-educational university located in Riverside, California, United States. La Sierra offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level degrees and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA). Founded in 1922 as La Sierra Academy, it later became La Sierra College, a liberal arts college, and then was merged into Loma Linda University in 1967. In 1990, La Sierra separated from Loma Linda University to become an independent institution.

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