Adventist University Announces New Provost

News Meghan Brescher

Dr. Edwin Hernandez to oversee academic program development at Florida Hospital’s fast-growing health sciences campus.

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ORLANDO, FL – A leading scholar in the sociology of Latino religion in the United States was announced this week as the new Provost of Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) in Orlando. ADU President Dr. David Greenlaw introduced Dr. Edwin Hernandez as the new Chief Academic Officer for graduate and undergraduate programs and as an administrator “who will serve as my advisor on all matters concerning university-wide planning, policy and operations.”

“Provost Hernandez will lead efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members to teach, support and enhance the University’s quality and stature, and will bring a spirit of deep faith and heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of others,” Dr. Greenlaw said.

A third generation Seventh-day Adventist, Provost Hernandez holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Notre Dame as well as Divinity and Theology degrees from Andrews University and Loma Linda University.

The author of five books and numerous papers, Hernandez has been an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1991, and was vice president of Academic Affairs for Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico. He also helped found and direct the Center for the Study of Latino Religions at Notre Dame’s respected Institute of Latino Studies, and acted as Program Director for the Pew Charitable Trust in Pennsylvania.

Most recently, the new Provost directed two multi-year, multi-million dollar catalytic philanthropy initiatives on behalf of the Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation in Michigan.