Park University appoints executive director

Park University, which has opened a new campus in Gilbert, Ariz., with classes beginning with the University’s Fall II 2018 term that starts Monday, Oct. 15, has appointed Jeff Ehrlich, Ed.D., as the executive director of the campus. 

Ehrlich has been with Park since 2011, serving in a variety of roles, including a stint as the University’s interim president from July 2015 to January 2016. Most recently (since February 2016), Ehrlich was the director of special projects and strategic initiatives, a project-based incubator that strategizes and implements innovative ideas across Park’s campuses nationwide. He also served two-years (2012-2013) as the associate dean of the University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs. Throughout his time at Park, Ehrlich’s faculty appointment was as associate professor of healthcare administration, which included a two-year term as the president of the University’s Faculty Senate.

Prior to joining Park University, Ehrlich was the dean of the School of Professional Studies at Peru (Neb.) State University from 2009 to 2010. Additional previous higher education positions include: visiting professor of healthcare leadership and education leadership, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, Neb.; director of assessment at Midland Lutheran College, Fremont, Neb.; vice president of institutional research and assessment at Clarkson College, Omaha, and program director and assistant professor at Friends University, Wichita, Kan.

Before entering higher education, Ehrlich was a project manager and senior process consultant with Sprint Corp., an internal financial business consultant for Boeing Commercial Airplane Group and a healthcare clinic administrator.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie selects recruiting committee chair

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP has selected Samuel Chang, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, as the new Chair of the firm’s Recruiting Committee. Chang, one of only a few Asian-American attorneys at a major U.S. law firm to serve in such a role, will oversee the firm’s recruitment of talented professionals and thought leaders from the legal community to a firm committed to their professional development and careers.

“I am excited about the opportunity to continue the firm’s efforts to deliver a unique and diverse recruiting program focused on professional development, diversity and inclusion,” said Chang. “I look forward to strengthening the firm’s reputation and culture to attract and sustain legal professionals who want to align themselves with a law firm dedicated to providing continued growth, development and respect for all colleagues.”

Chang focuses his practice on real estate sales and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and loan transactions. He represents developers, hospitals, real estate investment firms and institutional equity investors in all types of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, development, leasing, operation and financing of multi-family residential complexes, office buildings, senior housing projects, retail centers, industrial facilities and mixed-use projects.

Wolfson Integrative Cardiology adds new doctor

Wolfson Integrative Cardiology announced the latest addition to the practice.

Dr. Keith Smigiel has come in as a board-certified chiropractor, acupuncturist and family nurse practitioner. He brings with more than 23 years of experience in the area of high-quality integrative and holistic care. Smigiel has extensive knowledge in stem cell therapy, functional medicine, spinal analysis and nutrition.

Smigiel has a degree from Life University and is an active member of the Arizona Chiropractic Society.

“Dr. Keith is an expert at regenerative medicine, health and wellness. He has been under my supervision and is very skilled in nutrition, lifestyle, advanced testing and evidence-based supplements,” says lead doctor and owner at Wolfson Integrative Cardiology, Dr. Jack Wolfson.

Smigiel frequently gives seminars on orthopedic issues, stem cell, non-drug pain management and non-surgical erectile dysfunction.  He is also the owner of Scottsdale Center for Regenerative Medicine.

“It is a great privilege to work alongside Dr. Wolfson, his dedication to health and wellness is inspiring,” says Smigiel. 

International branding expert joins UA

Steve Moore, a strategic brand builder with international corporate, higher education and sports marketing experience, has been appointed as senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer for the University of Arizona. He joined the senior executive team at the UA on July 9.

“Steve has just the right mix of experience and offers a unique perspective on branding,” said UA President Robert C. Robbins. “He shares my appreciation for the university and its students, research impacts and facilities. He is a natural collaborator who will work with teams across campus to increase brand awareness and align messaging with our forthcoming strategic plan. Steve is excited to work with everyone to tell the story of the UA and enhance our international reputation.”

Moore will be responsible for the strategic communication of university accomplishments to a diverse group of stakeholders and for building an influential brand that motivates the students, faculty, staff and supporters to become part of the effort to advance the Arizona enterprise.

Moore has an extensive background in corporate marketing, along with marketing and communications experience at the highest levels of both Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M System, which is comprised of 11 universities, seven state agencies, a law school and a health sciences center.