Transitions

Comings and goings of Pacific University faculty and staff.

John A. White Jr. PhD, OTR/L will transition out of his role as director of the Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy, a position he has held for 11 years. The school is in the midst of a search for a new director, to start in 2015-2016. Under White’s direction, the school has almost doubled in size and has experienced two major curricular revisions, including the development of the country’s eighth doctor of occupational therapy degree program. The first class of OTD students will graduate in August 2015. He looks forward to opportunities to teach more, to develop research projects, and to become more involved in community and university service.

Mary Von DHEd, MS, PA-C has been named director of the School of Physician Assistant Studies. Von has served as interim director since June 2014. Von earned a doctor of health education from AT Still University of Health Sciences, a master’s degree in advanced PA studies from Arizona School of Health Sciences, and a PA certificate from the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a certified physician assistant specializing in migraine and headache management and lifestyle counseling.

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