KIRKSVILLE, Mo./MESA, Ariz. – The A.T. Still University (ATSU) Board of Trustees met July 22-23, 2016, in Napa, California, to appoint officers and elect new members at its quarterly meeting.

The following trustees were selected as officers: Ann Thielke, RN, JD, of Houston, Texas, is chair; Gary Wiltz, MD, of Franklin, Louisiana, is vice-chair; and Stanley Grogg, DO, FACOP, FAAP, ‘71, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is secretary.

Thielke is the chief executive officer of Good Neighbor Healthcare Center in Houston, Texas. Previously, she served as senior vice president, general counsel, compliance officer, and corporate secretary of a national health care network, VHA Inc. Prior to joining VHA Inc. in 2012, Thielke served as vice president and general counsel for St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in Houston, Texas. During her tenure with the system, it expanded from two to six hospitals.

Dr. Wiltz, a board-certified internist, is chief executive officer of Teche Action Clinics, a network of 10 federally qualified community health centers located in six parishes in southwest Louisiana. Dr. Wiltz is past chair of the National Association of Community Health Centers, an organization representing more than 9,000 clinics serving 28 million people nationwide.

Dr. Grogg, a 1971 graduate of ATSU-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), is board certified in pediatrics and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has served as past president of the ATSU Alumni Association and Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA). Dr. Grogg received the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s Physician of the Year award in 2006 and the American College of Osteopathic Physicians’ Pediatrician of the Year award in 2008. His long list of accolades includes the 2013 Osteopathic Founders’ Foundation Outstanding Physician of the Year.

New trustees elected to the board are Michelle L. McClure, PhD, of St. Louis, Missouri; Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, PhD, of Murray, Kentucky; and Linnette J. Sells, DO, FAOASM, ’82, of Alpharetta, Georgia.

ATSU President Craig Phelps, DO, ’84, says, “We are pleased to welcome each extremely talented and accomplished new Board of Trustee member to the University. ATSU’s ongoing contribution to health professions education and America’s healthcare is assured with the strength and diversity of its Board of Trustees.”

Dr. McClure is the associate provost of the division of academic affairs for Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU). She served as HSSU’s co-chair for reaffirmation with the Higher Learning Commission to receive 10-year accreditation and provided oversight to ensure accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Accreditation. Dr. McClure received her doctor of philosophy in educational leadership and policy studies from Indiana University in 2003. She received her master of arts in education from Truman State University in 1997.

Dr. Morgan is chief academic officer and vice president for academic affairs/student success at Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He oversees statewide academic affairs including curriculum and programming, academic policy development, admissions requirements, research and innovation, and development of graduate and doctoral programs. Dr. Morgan graduated with a doctor of philosophy in agricultural education/teacher education from Oklahoma State University in 1998. He earned his master of science degree in agricultural science from Murray State University in 1994.

Dr. Sells is a team physician for Georgia Tech and staff physician for Piedmont Urgent Care. She is a fellow and past president of the American Osteopathic Association of Sports Medicine, and served as a member and past-president on the KOAA Board of Directors. Dr. Sells earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU-KCOM in 1982 and also served as a director and faculty member for ATSU-KCOM from 1986-90. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Truman State University.

“As a new chair, I am honored these three highly qualified individuals have agreed to serve as trustees on the board and are willing to share their abilities to promote and enhance the vision and mission of ATSU,” says Thielke.

Trustees named to serve on the Audit Team include C. Lisette Dottavio, PhD, CPA, chair, of Stephenville, Texas; Dr. Wiltz; and Paulina Vázquez Morris, JD, MBA, MHSA, of Phoenix, Arizona.

The following trustees will continue their service on the board: Rosie Allen-Herring of Washington, D.C., MBA; Reid Butler, JD, of Phoenix, Arizona; James Cannon, DHA, PA-C, MS, ’97, of Chesapeake, Virginia; Chester Douglass, DMD, PhD, MPH, of Waban, Massachusetts; G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, past chair, of Marion, Ohio; Tisha Kice-Briggs, DDS, of Kirksville, Missouri; and Bertha Thomas, of Kirksville, Missouri.

Thielke, Dr. Drew, and Dr. Phelps expressed their appreciation to the following trustees who completed their terms of service: Daniel L. Biery, DO, FACOI, FACG, FASGE, ’72, of Phelps, New York; Robert King, JD, of Frankfort, Kentucky; and Robert W. Uhl, of Paradise Valley, Arizona.

The next board meeting will be October 28-29, 2016, in Kirksville, Missouri.


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2016_MFS_Logo_200x200A.T. Still University (ATSU) has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its seventh year, the original, premier Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly® School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering ten categories including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. In addition, data was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media with guidance from an independent Advisory Board of higher education and recruiting professionals.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past seven years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

For more information about ATSU’s commitment to supporting military students, visit www.atsu.edu.


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President's Perspective September 2015


During the past 12 months, A.T. Still University (ATSU) had more than its share of students, faculty, staff, and associated loved ones affected by health, financial, and additional challenges. Whether facing a student’s home destroyed by fire, an employee injured or ill, or passing of a loved one or classmate, it was humbling and comforting to see the compassionate and generous response by the ATSU community. From visiting a co-worker in the hospital to making sure a child had a place to sleep, I witnessed many acts of altruism by faculty, staff, students, alums, and community members. Thank you.

Many of you are aware ATSU is recognized as a “2015 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Kudos to all contributing to ATSU’s culture, mission, and vision. We are reminded of the importance of our work each day when interacting with peers, students, patients, alums, and community stakeholders.

Moving forward we will continue to make ATSU an even better place to learn and work.

2015-16 annual goals

1. Create a simplified access point for University data distribution. While ATSU has many successful data gathering means, knowing whom to contact to access data can be challenging. Norman Gevitz, PhD, senior vice president–academic affairs, and John Heard, PhD, vice president for research, grants, & information systems, will lead exploration of a feasible solution.

2. Refine ATSU’s vision of preeminence. What does preeminence for ATSU look like and how do we measure it? Ted Wendel, PhD, senior vice president for strategic initiatives, and Dr. Gevitz will be gathering input from faculty and staff on this important topic.

3. Improve life-work balance. Today more than ever, technology’s 24/7 access, regulatory oversight, increasing competition, and even global events weigh heavily on us. How may ATSU better address the whole person needs of our faculty, staff, and students? We will look to Human Resources and Student Affairs to facilitate discussions across ATSU, explore best practices, and develop a list of suggestions for implementation. My first step will be to eliminate sending non-emergency emails during evenings, weekends, and holidays. I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

2014-15 goals updates

Thank you, Ann Boyle, DMD, MA, associate vice president, academic innovations, for putting together a comprehensive white paper. Innovation is alive and well at ATSU with many opportunities moving forward. As mentioned previously, ATSU is investing $250,000 for faculty led innovation projects through the Teaching and Learning Center. Please read ATSU’s innovation white paper (pdf).

Clinical rotations and residencies
Leonard Goldstein, DDS, PhD, assistant vice president, clinical education development, completed analysis of ATSU’s clinical rotations and residencies. Dr. Goldstein will continue working with Dr. Gevitz, deans, and ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences’ (ATSU-ASHS) program chairs to assist with implementation of best practices and further development of clinical rotations and residencies. Please read a summary of findings on clinical rotations and residencies (pdf).

Global initiatives
The Global Health White Paper Committee found students, faculty, and staff are involved with many worthwhile global projects. ATSU will implement the committee’s recommendations to develop policies and processes to help assure global experiences meet University safety and academic standards, program accreditation guidelines, and Department of Education requirements. Please read a summary of findings and recommendations and list of committee members (pdf).

ATSU website progress

Redevelopment of ATSU’s website has been progressing steadily, including new pages recently published for Continuing Education and Student Financial Services. Behind-the-scenes infrastructure development has moved the project past the half-way point, and new pages will soon be available for Student Affairs, ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, and ATSU-ASHS’ residential programs.


Please don’t forget ATSU’s idea box. We have received many great ideas and comments.

ATSU’s fraud hotline

To further ATSU’s commitment to integrity and excellence, a free, anonymous, third-party reporting hotline is available to all students and employees. This service allows any student or employee to report situations or behavior compromising the University’s integrity, all while maintaining his or her confidentiality. Call Fraud Hotline’s 24-hour service at 1.855.FRAUD.HL (1.855.372.8345), or use the secure online reporting form at www.fraudhl.com.

2016-20 Strategic Plan

ATSU’s Board of Trustees received the latest version of the 2016-20 Strategic Plan for review in preparation of their July 2015 meeting. Final comments are expected by September 30, 2015. Publication and distribution is anticipated by December 15, 2015.

ATSU-ASHS’ distance and residential commencements

On August 7, 2015, more than 400 graduates received their degrees. Since 1995 we are proud to have graduated close to 8,000 ATSU-ASHS alumni.

Brig. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck, PhD, served as commencement speaker for both graduations and received an honorary ATSU degree, doctor of humane letters.


Brigadier General Kerry Muehlenbeck, PhD

Dr. Muehlenbeck is the first female brigadier general in the Arizona National Guard.

Board of Trustees changes

The ATSU Board of Trustees met July 24-25, 2015, in Rockport, Maine, recognized leaving members, and appointed new officers. New trustees will be announced in the near future.

Officers for 2015-16 are G. Scott Drew, DO, FAOCD, ’87, of Marion, Ohio, chair; Ann Thielke, RN, JD, of Houston, Texas, vice chair; and Daniel Biery, DO, FACOI, FACG, FASGE, ’72, of Phelps, N.Y., secretary.

We will deeply miss four board members representing 28 combined years of University board experience. Manuel Bedoya, DMD; Clyde Evans, PhD; Ron Winkler; and Isaac Navarro, DMD, MPH, ’08, thank you for all you did and will continue to do for ATSU.

Faculty and staff accomplishments (as of August 31, 2015)

Congratulations on recent promotions
Please read the complete list of employee promotions (pdf).

Accomplishment kudos
Please read the complete list of accomplishment kudos (pdf).

Well wishes to faculty and staff celebrating anniversary milestones
Please read the complete list of employee anniversaries (pdf).

In appreciation

Thank you to all who have helped ATSU become a great place to work, learn, and live. Best wishes for a happy and healthy fall.

Yours in service,




Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84


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ceph_mastA.T. Still University’s College of Graduate Health Studies (ATSU-CGHS) announced its Master of Public Health and Master of Public Health-Dental Emphasis programs received accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) extending through July 1, 2020.

“It is a great honor to have ATSU’s public health programs accredited by CEPH,” said Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA, dean of ATSU’s College of Graduate Health Studies. “This specialized accreditation avows the quality of the University’s online master’s in public health programs and commitment to adequately prepare students. Graduates are recognized as being knowledgeable and competent to carry out public health functions in local, state, national, and international settings.”

CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, that accredits schools of public health and public health programs. It is the only agency recognized to accredit graduate schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside schools of public health.

To earn and maintain accreditation, schools and programs must meet specific educational quality standards defined by CEPH. These standards relate to the school or program’s organization and instructional programs. The school or program’s creation, application and advancement of knowledge, and faculty, staff, and students are also standards defined by CEPH.

The programs received the maximum initial accreditation of five years. CEPH currently accredits 56 schools and 108 programs.

“The accreditation process requires commitment from administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other constituents,” said CEPH Executive Director Laura Rasar King, MPH, MCHES. “The Council recognizes the efforts of A.T. Still University to make ongoing improvements to ensure that students receive a high-quality education that advances them toward their career goals.”


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Commencement – A time for celebration

We are in the midst of another exciting graduation season at ATSU. Students, friends, and family gather alongside faculty and staff to celebrate one of life’s greatest accomplishments. This year it was especially exciting for me as we welcomed back one of my professors, honorary degree recipient Richard Cenedella, PhD, professor emeritus, ATSU-KCOM.

Many alumni remember Dr. Cenedella’s contributions to student knowledge, faculty advancement, and ATSU’s success. It was great to see him along with our new graduates.

Dr. Cenedella receives an honorary degree at ATSU-KCOM’s 179th Commencement Ceremony.

Dr. Cenedella receives an honorary degree at ATSU-KCOM’s 179th Commencement Ceremony.

2014-15 strategic initiatives update

 Student clinical rotations and residencies
Dr. Gevitz’s team is putting together results from nearly 11 months of in-house data analysis and information gathering. A white paper including recommendations will be available in July 2015.

Global initiatives
For the first time, ATSU is developing a global strategy to assist students, faculty, and staff with seeking safe and appropriate learning opportunities. Opportunities for ATSU’s brand within the global online educational realm are also being explored.

Assessment, 3-D printing, and exploring new learning platforms are a few examples of the innovation currently underway at ATSU. To promote innovative faculty-led initiatives through the Teaching and Learning Center, $250,000 has been allocated for the upcoming 2015-16 academic year. Marsha Ham, PhD, will join ATSU on August 1, 2015, as the inaugural director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Ham comes from University of New Haven in Connecticut where she is associate vice president and dean of the College of Lifelong Learning and eLearning. Prior to joining University of New Haven, Dr. Ham was executive director of lifelong learning and distance learning at Ohio University.

ATSU’s Strategic Plan 2016-20

Thank you to all who participated in developing ATSU’s new strategic plan recommendations. ATSU’s Board of Trustees is reviewing the recommendations. Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer Rick Rieder, MBA, MM, and staff will be analyzing costs and funding options. The new plan will be unveiled November 2015, and implementation will begin July 2016.


Thanks to our alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and students, ATSU has been blessed with a successful fundraising year.

While fiscal year 2014-15 final numbers will not be available until July 1, it has been a remarkable year for Advancement.

ATSU’s largest individual bequest has been developed. Pending market performance, the gift may approach or exceed $10,000,000 at maturity.

Faculty/staff Annual Fund Campaign has raised $182,698 fiscal year to date. These gifts provide scholarships, update facilities, and support faculty endeavors and strategic initiatives.

Total funds raised through April 1, 2015, were $3,358,595. This represents an 84 percent increase over the same time period last year. An additional $1.4 million is due over the next six months in estate gifts. Proceeds from a charitable life insurance policy, $1,034,000, have also been received; however, due to accounting rules, the amount is not included in the above total.

Shaun Sommerer, PhD, vice president, university advancement, is putting together a University Advancement strategic plan for presentation in July 2015.

Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

ATSU-MOSDOH’s second-year students will soon transition to St. Louis, Mo., to begin their clinical experiences. The St. Louis Dental Education and Oral Health Clinic is nearing completion, and the official grand opening will be held June 10. ATSU-MOSDOH completed a second accreditation site visit in March from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Please visit atsu.edu/mosdoh to learn more about ATSU-MOSDOH’s revolutionary dental education model.


Faculty and students provided dental care and education to more than 450 children in northeast Missouri for the annual Give Kids A Smile event in February.

Faculty and students provided dental care and education to more than 450 children in northeast Missouri for the annual Give Kids A Smile event in February.

Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Last Saturday, a new class of 157 osteopathic physicians graduated. The class of 2015 included 70 females and 87 males. Ten graduates received their master’s in biomedical sciences. Dr. Cenedella received an honorary doctor of science degree, and Mark D. Pressley, DO, ’92, MPH, ’03, FAAFP, delivered an outstanding commencement speech.

ATSU-KCOM’s class of 2015 celebrates commencement Saturday, May 16.

ATSU-KCOM’s class of 2015 celebrates commencement Saturday, May 16.

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

ATSU-ASDOH served as the national host for Give Kids A Smile in February, shining the spotlight on the School’s wonderful students, faculty, staff, and alumni. More than 400 children received interprofessional compassionate care on the Mesa, Ariz., campus, setting the record for ATSU-ASDOH’s highest attendance to date. Please listen to national dental leaders comment on the event.

ATSU-ASDOH’s commencement will be held Friday, May 22, and Jeffrey A. Parker, MPA, will give the commencement address. Seventy-four doctor of dental medicine degrees and 22 master of public health degrees will be conferred.

ATSU-ASDOH faculty and students provide free dental care to children during Give Kids A Smile.

ATSU-ASDOH faculty and students provide free dental care to children during Give Kids A Smile.

School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

ATSU-SOMA recently prepared an annual report and mid-cycle report for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Both reports were accepted at COCA’s April meeting without any additional requests from the School.

ATSU-SOMA’s commencement will also be held Friday, May 22. Winston F. Wong, MD, MS, will be the commencement speaker, and Ron Yee, MD, MBA, FAAFP, chief medical officer for the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), will provide a welcome message to graduates. One hundred four students will receive their doctor of osteopathic medicine degrees.

Dr. Yee discusses ATSU and NACHC’s innovative research partnership to improve health of communities across the country.

Dr. Yee discusses ATSU and NACHC’s innovative research partnership to improve health of communities across the country.

Arizona School of Health Sciences

ATSU-ASHS celebrated its 20th anniversary on Saturday, January 24. Nearly 200 friends of ATSU, including board members, alumni, faculty, staff, and students, reunited on the Arizona campus for the event. The School has graduated approximately 8,000 healthcare professionals, and today, offers 15 residential and online programs.

ATSU-ASHS commencement is scheduled for Friday, August 7, at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Jim Farris, PhD, PT; Linda Wheelis; Bucky; and Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, celebrate ATSU-ASHS’ 20th anniversary.

Jim Farris, PhD, PT; Linda Wheelis; Bucky; and Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, celebrate ATSU-ASHS’ 20th anniversary.

College of Graduate Health Studies

ATSU-CGHS hosted a CODA site visit in April for the Dental Public Health Residency program. The site visit report will be sent to CODA recommending full accreditation with no reporting requirements. Results from the Council on Education for Public Health accreditation site visit in fall 2014 will be posted this summer. In addition, a new program is coming to the College this fall. A master’s degree in school health education will be offered for educators teaching or leading school health education programs.

ATSU-CGHS’ Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, June 5, with ATSU-ASHS Dean Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, providing the commencement address. This is the first time the ceremony will take place in Arizona.

Faculty and staff accomplishments (as of April 30, 2015)

Congratulations on recent promotions
Read the complete list of employee promotions.

Accomplishment kudos
Read the complete list of accomplishment kudos.

A special thanks to all contributors who made ATSU’s inaugural Assessment Week a success. Please review the complete list of contributors.

Well wishes to faculty and staff celebrating anniversary milestones
Read the complete list of employee anniversaries.

With gratitude

Thank you for taking a few moments to catch up on the latest happenings around the University. Best wishes to our new graduates as they continue to build upon the knowledge and skills developed while attending ATSU and making a positive impact in their communities.

Yours in service,




Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84


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