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Erika Yigzaw Named ACHS President

DaVinci Laboratories

The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) has announced that Erika Yigzaw, BCom, LLB (Hons), has been appointed college president effective June 15, 2018. Yigzaw formerly served as chief strategy officer and chief compliance officer. She will utilize her development and strategic planning acumen to usher ACHS, which this year celebrates 40 years of operations, into its next generation of growth with a continued emphasis on innovation, sustainability, service and student success.

“I firmly believe that education can save the world,” said Yigzaw. “And composting. I’m a big believer in compost. But seriously, over my many years in higher education, I have seen so many students’ lives transformed through their studies; it is truly heartwarming. A tech geek, I love to see how we can use technology and learning research to expand what is possible in terms of the neuroscience of learning. Online learning gives us the huge advantage of being able to study with industry experts from the comfort of our own home, while still giving us time to get outside and dig around in the dirt—whether that is a flowerpot on the windowsill of your apartment or acres of farmland.

“I want to help push the higher education community to continue to move the needle on helping students achieve deep learning—transformative learning—while still keeping access and affordability in mind,” continued Yigzaw. “As a mother of three, I am strongly committed to running ACHS sustainably, using the best innovations from technology to help empower our students and graduates to live their best lives while preserving the age-old wisdom and knowledge of botanical sciences and the natural world. I am so excited and honored to be taking over the reins here at ACHS and continuing the inspiring work of our founding president, Dorene Petersen.”

For more information, visit https://achs.edu.