New Beginnings and A Continued Tradition of Our Culture of Care

letter from leadership

It’s been nearly three months since I settled into my role as Group President of the Medical and Healthcare vertical at Adtalem Global Education, overseeing the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, our Medical Education Readiness Program and, of course, Chamberlain University. In that short time, I’ve had the tremendous pleasure of connecting with so many of our campus administrators, faculty and students and greatly look forward to hearing more about the success of our strong alumni base over time!

As a member of the Adtalem Board of Directors, I was initially drawn to this position because it allowed me the opportunity to more closely connect with our colleagues and most importantly, our students. My background is in operations and strategy, but my passion for delivering better outcomes is reflected in our mission-based institutions. I am excited that we are training the world’s next veterinarians, nurses and doctors, preparing them for their roles in underserved communities, family practice offices and hospitals across the nation and beyond. 

In the last year, we’ve experienced some significant milestones together. From the launch of our Master of Public Health program in the College of Health Professions and the opening of our twenty-first campus in New Orleans, to the recent transition in our institution leadership. I’d like to thank Dr. Susan Groenwald, our departing Chamberlain President, for her 12 years of remarkable service. Under her leadership, Chamberlain has grown from a College to a University, one campus to 21 campuses, from 450 students to more than 31,000 and created a true culture of care. I’m grateful she will be staying close to the Adtalem family as president emeritus and as a Board Member for the Adtalem Foundation as well as a Trustee for Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. I wish her the absolute best in her retirement and remain grateful for her significant contributions.

I’d also like to give a warm welcome to Dr. Karen Cox, our new Chamberlain president. Dr. Cox is a highly accomplished nursing and healthcare leader, who most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Mercy – Kansas City, an independent, academic medical center in Missouri. Prior roles include Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She is President of the American Academy of Nursing, and was previously elected to the American Hospital Association, Section on Maternal and Child Health Governing Council and appointed to the Children’s Hospital Association, Child Health Committee. Dr. Cox was appointed to a term on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, U.S. Health and Human Services and served as board chair of the National Initiative for Children’s Health Quality. Dr. Cox officially took the reins as president of Chamberlain in late August.

I look forward to working with Dr. Cox and am confident she’ll contribute to our mission to educate, empower and embolden diverse healthcare professionals who advance the health of people, families, communities and nations. I’m excited to collaborate with her as Chamberlain University continues to educate and train healthcare professionals. In the meantime, please join me in wishing Dr. Groenwald the very best in her well-deserved retirement and welcoming Dr. Cox to the organization. 


Kathy Boden Holland
Group President, Medical and Healthcare Education
Adtalem Global Education, parent company of Chamberlain University

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