New dean appointed to School of Health Sciences

St. Scholastica has appointed a new leader for its fast-growing School of Health Sciences.

Bruce Loppnow became dean of the SHS on Jan. 4. He succeeds Rondell Berkeland, who retired in December after 10 years as dean.

"I am delighted to welcome Dr. Loppnow to St. Scholastica," said Beth Domholdt, vice president for academic affairs at St. Scholastica. "His leadership in health care administration and higher education will serve him well in building upon St. Scholastica's strong momentum in the health sciences."

Loppnow has a broad background in health care administration, having served as chief operating officer of Theda Clark Regional Medical Center in Neenah, WI, and as president and owner of Loppnow and Associates medical recruiting and consulting firm. From 2008 to 2014 he was associate dean of the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University, building enrollment in graduate programs and teaching courses related to health care management, strategy, and administration.

"It is exciting to be joining an institution with a long record of providing high quality, values-based education," Loppnow said. "Whether graduates are providing clinical care or managing sensitive patient health information, St. Scholastica's School of Health Sciences helps students learn to be successful and ethical professionals. I am eager to join a team of faculty and staff who are committed to student success and to their respective professions."

Loppnow holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Madison; a Master of Science in health care management from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI; and a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University.

Among other duties, Loppnow will oversee the programs in St. Scholastica's new Health Science Center under construction at the BlueStone development on Woodland Avenue. The facility for graduate health science programs is the College's first-ever off-campus academic building in Duluth. It will house a new Physician Assistant program (pending accreditation), expanded graduate Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy programs, as well as the maurices Community Clinic.

In addition to these programs, the School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs in exercise physiology, social work, and health informatics and information management, as well as a graduate program in athletic training.