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MUIH welcomes Dr. Steven Combs as New President

Mar 28, 2017 09:25PM
The board of trustees of Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) has appointed Steven C. Combs, Ph.D., as the university’s president and chief executive officer. An experienced leader in academic affairs, administration and teaching, Combs will preside over MUIH’s future growth as one of the nation’s pioneers at the forefront of integrative medicine.

“Dr. Combs has devoted the majority of his professional life to the field of higher education, with more than 18 years in leadership positions. He has been a lifelong learner, faculty member, researcher, academic administrator, published author and scholarly presenter,” said Adele Wilzack, MS, RN, chair of MUIH’s board of trustees.

MUIH brings Combs on at an important time in its 43-year history. The traditional higher education model is rapidly evolving to keep pace with the opportunities technology affords for delivering education, such as online degree programs and to accommodate the expanding interests of students in more progressive fields of study. MUIH is not only in the process of expanding its programs but is leading innovation in integrative health research and training. As such, Combs will approach his role as both an institutional leader for the MUIH community and as a visionary for the future of integrative health.

Combs succeeds MUIH’s second President and CEO Frank Vitale who presided over several major milestones including earning the approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer three professional doctoral degrees in acupuncture, Oriental medicine and clinical nutrition in January 2015. MUIH’s first class of doctoral students will graduate in June 2017.

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