Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum

Posted on 08 June 2017 by srichey@tusculum.edu

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit has been named special assistant to the dean for healthcare management at Tusculum.

Dr. Wilhoit joined the college in May and is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and oversight of the healthcare management academic program. She will work collaboratively with college academic leadership, enrollment, faculty and advising to offer a superior and up-to-date learning environment and assure program success.

Additionally, Dr. Wilhoit will take lead in marketing and student recruitment for the healthcare management program and will provide input for revisions of program policies, admissions, academic progress and graduation competencies.

Dr. Kathryn Wilhoit

According to Dr. Wilhoit, the bachelor’s degree in healthcare management at Tusculum intentionally combines business and healthcare administration courses, with the purpose of providing students with an understanding of the evolution in the healthcare industry towards operating as an outcomes, performance-based business.

The program is offered both in a fully-online format in Tusculum’s Graduate and Professional Studies programs and on-site on the Greeneville campus for traditional program students. The program will begin for all students Fall 2017.

“We are pleased to add Dr. Wilhoit to our capable staff in the School of Business and Technology. Her experience as a healthcare professional and as an educator makes her particularly suited for this position,” said Dr. Michael Dillon, dean of the School of Business and Technology.

Dr. Wilhoit is a doctoral prepared professional nurse with over forty years of practical and research-based nursing, administration and licensed nursing home administration experience in not-for-profit and for profit environments. She comes to Tusculum from Mountain States Health Alliance Health Resources centers where she served as community educator. Dr. Wilhoit assumed this position after her retirement from Mountain States where she served as corporate vice president for fourteen years.

She has previously served as associate dean at East Tennessee State University and as adjunct faculty.

She holds a Ph.D. from ETSU, as well as a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in nursing administration and a bachelor’s degree from ETSU, in nursing. Her doctoral dissertation focus was healthcare information systems. Dr. Wilhoit is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The online healthcare management bachelor’s degree offers individuals working full-time the opportunity to attain a degree to enable employment advancement and other opportunities in the field of healthcare, an employment area that is projected to continue to grow rapidly in the future, said Dr. Wilhoit.

Anyone interested in the Tusculum healthcare management program may contact Dr. Wilhoit at 423-444-3324 or kwilhoit@tusculum.edu. Information may also be found at www.tusculum.edu/hcm.


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