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Northcentral University Health Sciences Dean Earns Esteemed Fellowship

Aug 7 2019

Scottsdale, Ariz.  July 30, 2019 – Dr. Laurie Shanderson, Founding Dean of Northcentral University’s School of Health Sciences, has earned a Fellow for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nations’ leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Earning fellow status, the highest standard of professional development, represents fulfilling many requirements, including academic and experiential criteria, continuing education, professional/community involvement, and passing a comprehensive examination.

As founder of the School of Health Sciences, Shanderson’s goal is to build quality accredited programs that prepare students for the interdisciplinary and interprofessional healthcare field. Her background includes other prestigious honors and awards that have made her such a valuable educator at NCU.

“ACHE’s recognition of Dr. Shanderson and SHS affirms our commitment to excellence at NCU,” Dr. John LaNear, Provost and Chief Academic Officer. “Dr. Shanderson and SHS are wonderful models for our students in NCU’s School of Health Sciences.”

Shanderson received a Bachelor in Health and Human Services from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master of Public Administration from Pace University, and a PhD in Health Services from Walden University.

During her career, she was a research scientist, an adjunct professor at various institutions, a Healthcare Management Program Director, and then Assistant Dean and Associate Dean for the School of Health Sciences at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ.

As an educator and administrator, Dr. Shanderson is focused on distance education, program development, accreditation, cultural competence/diversity, and health administration/management. Shanderson is the founding member of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Health Informatics Information Technology section, as well as the current section treasurer, and was awarded for Outstanding Leadership Service.

About Northcentral University 

Founded in 1996, Northcentral University is a regionally accredited, private, nonprofit, online and graduate-focused university serving professionals globally. With no physical residency requirements, courses are taught one-to-one by an NCU professor with a doctoral degree. NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in healthcare and marriage and family therapy. NCU is an affiliate of the National University System, a system of nonprofit universities with its headquarters in La Jolla, California. Northcentral University is regionally accredited by WSCUC (WASC Senior College and University Commission), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, For more information, visit or call 866.776.0331.