27 Jun 2017

Ready to Serve

Ready to Serve

Author: Wings  /  Categories: Campus, Wings  / 

Andrew Sund, Ph.D., was at a conference when he met then Heritage University President Dr. Kathleen Ross, snjm. As she was telling him about Heritage, its mission and its students, he thought to himself “If ever there was a job that would cause me to think seriously about leaving St. Augustine College, it would be Heritage.”

Little did he realize that years later when Heritage's second president, Dr. John Bassett, announced his retirement, he would soon have that opportunity.

In May, the Heritage University Board of Directors announced that Sund would be joining the university as its third president. The announcement brought to close an extensive eight-month national search led by a committee comprising board members as well as university faculty, staff and students. He will start in his new position on July 1.

Heritage University Board chair and chairman of the selection committee, Pat Oshie, said Sund is the perfect person to continue the Heritage mission in the footsteps of outgoing president Dr. Bassett and founding president Sister Kathleen Ross.

“Dr. Sund’s rich experience and track record as a scholar and leader in higher education will be an asset to Heritage as it continues to build on its reputation of providing relevant, meaningful education to the people of the Yakima Valley, delivered by respected faculty and administrators,” he said. “We are excited to have Dr. Sund join the Heritage family.”

Sund comes to Heritage from St. Augustine College in Chicago, Illinois, where he has served as president since 2008. While there, he was responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the institution. He took over the presidency during a period when the future of the college was uncertain and returned it to a trajectory of enrollment growth and financial stability. Under Sund's leadership, the college developed new programs, opened additional sites, developed strategic partnerships with numerous public and private entities, increased enrollment by 35% and developed the college’s first fundraising strategy.

Sund has been heralded for his accomplishments by numerous organizations, including Latino Leaders Magazine, which awarded him the Maestro of Community Service award in 2016. St. Augustine was recognized as the Outstanding Institution of the Year by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in 2013.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build upon the legacy that my two exceptional predecessors have established. I know of few institutions in all of higher education with a mission as meaningful and as important as is Heritage’s,” said Sund.

Before joining St. Augustine, Sund was dean of workforce and community education at Olive-Harvey College, one of the city colleges of Chicago. He occupied this position from 2004 to 2008. From 1991 through 2004, he worked at St. Augustine College in a variety of positions, including history instructor, academic advisor and director of institutional research.

Sund copublished an American history textbook in Spanish and pioneered the use of multimedia in the classroom. He is the past president of the Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education and a board member of the Chicago Bilingual Nurse Consortium and of ChileAmigo. Additionally, he is a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, governing board member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, board member of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation, and a political analyst for Univision channel 66 in Chicago. He is fluent in five languages, including Spanish.

Sund received a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s degree in history from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

He is married and has three children. His wife Norma and his school-age son will move to Yakima with him. His two adult children will remain in Chicago.

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