Press release submitted by Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences|
Tracy has been serving as the interim chancellor since last year and has been given the role on a permanent basis.
Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences appoints new Chancellor
UnityPoint Health – Trinity has announced the appointment of Tracy Poelvoorde, BSN, MSN, PhD (c), as the new Chancellor for Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences, effective immediately. Poelvoorde has served in the role of Interim Chancellor since August 2013. As Chancellor, she will establish the academic institution's vision and overall strategic direction, curriculum, student recruitment and retention plans as well as oversee operations for the college.
Poelvoorde joined Trinity College as an assistant professor in 2000. After serving as a clinical educator, she became Director, Nursing Programs, before advancing to the position of Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2009. Since becoming Interim Chancellor, Poelvoorde has overseen the launch of its new Master of Science in Nursing program and Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. She also has played an instrumental role in the facility's renovation and expansion to accommodate new academic programs.
"Tracy offers us a proven track record of success in working with the board, faculty, students and community. She was a bright, shining star among all of the applicants we saw during our national search," Trinity College board chair Benton Johnson II said. "She is a very well-grounded person who brings a fresh vision of where Trinity College can improve in order to maximize our potential. The full board is not just supportive of but excited about where she will take us in the future."
"Trinity College has a rich history and tradition of academic excellence upon which we can build as we prepare our future health-care professionals," Poelvoorde said. "I'm honored for the opportunity to explore new opportunities for growth and continued partnerships within the community that will help us graduate students with the much-sought after critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the evolving health care field."
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Science/Pre-veterinary Medicine from Augustana College and her Diploma in Nursing from the United Medical Center School of Nursing, a predecessor institution of Trinity College. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Nursing degrees from Idaho State University and is currently completing her dissertation toward a PhD in Nursing Education at the University of Northern Colorado.
Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Illinois Board of Higher Education. All programs at the college are professionally accredited. The Master of Science in Nursing program will seek accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
In addition to the new degree options, Trinity College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), as well as the Associate of Applied Science degree in both Radiography and Respiratory Care.