Azusa Pacific University Provost Mark Stanton, Ph.D., announces the appointment of Orange resident Vicky Bowden, DNSc, RN, as vice provost for undergraduate studies, effective January 1, 2013.

As vice provost for undergraduate studies, Bowden will provide leadership to the general education program, the Office of Curricular Support, the Office of Undergraduate Academic Advising and Retention, and the Center for Global Learning and Engagement, and interface with the Office of the Undergraduate Registrar. She will also assume responsibility for other undergraduate areas, including the High Sierra Semester, the Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research, and the undergraduate academic integrity process. She will continue to serve as the university accreditation liaison officer. Bowden continues her leadership of the Honors Program for the 2012-13 academic year. In addition, she will serve as part of the Office of the President and Office of the Provost teams, and on President’s Council, Academic Cabinet, and several faculty governance committees.

“Dr. Bowden knows our undergraduate programs well and she can make a seamless transition into leadership of these important areas of the university,” said Stanton. Her drive and enthusiasm for academic quality will contribute strongly to our initiatives.”

“It has been my privilege to serve the university in leadership roles in the School of Nursing, as director of the Honors Program, and as accreditation liaison officer,” said Bowden. “In these roles, I have witnessed the dedicated and passionate work of faculty and staff, and partnered with them to advance the academic mission of the university. I am humbled to be selected for this role, and look forward to doing all I can to support undergraduate programs and initiatives at APU.”

A recognized leader and scholar in pediatric nursing, Bowden has a history of important contributions to her discipline and to APU. Her career as an award-winning educator spans nearly 30 years and includes 16 years at Azusa Pacific and prior positions at Vanderbilt University; California State Universities, Fullerton, Dominguez Hills, and Los Angeles; University of California, Los Angeles; and UCI Medical Center. At APU, she guides significant university initiatives, including the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) reaccreditation process, strategic planning activities, and the Honors Program, among many others. She is also the author of numerous textbooks, workbooks, articles, and abstracts, a clinical practitioner, and presenter.

Bowden worked for more than 15 years in pediatrics at several leading hospitals, including UCI Medical Center, UCLA Medical Center, Vanderbuilt University Hospital in Tennessee, San Diego Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Bowden holds a BSN from Harding University in Arkansas; a master’s degree, with a dual specialty in pediatric nursing and nursing education, from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and a doctorate in nursing science from the University of San Diego.