ANGOLA - Trine University has named Whitney Bandemer to its newly-created role of vice president for health sciences. Bandemer most recently served as vice president for human resources and strategic initiatives at Manchester University.

In her new role, Bandemer will oversee the university's Health Sciences Education Center, located on the Parkview Randallia campus in Fort Wayne. Bandemer will also be responsible for advancing Trine's program expansion, including voicing goals for the center's operation and development in alignment with the university's strategic plan, policies and procedures.

The university says she also will establish and oversee human resources, information technology, marketing and enrollment, and public relations for the center.

President Earl Brooks said Bandemer's appointment gives the university an opportunity to build on its currently School of Health Sciences, which began about five years ago.

"As well look to not only grow and strengthen our existing programs, we have quite an aggressive plan on the table now to move us forward in the coming year to add additional programs over the next three to five years and I think her background is very well suited in terms of both strategic planning and the health sciences that we feel very good and very excited about Whitney's ability and her coming on board to lead our School of Health Sciences forward."

Brooks says the university sees the School of Health Sciences ultimately becoming its own campus in Fort Wayne.