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UB announces appointment of Wickes and Pimentel as new health sciences deans with other new administrative hires

Leslie Geary
Friday, July 20, 2012

The University of Bridgeport Division of Health Sciences announced today five new administrative appointments, including Dr. David Wickes, the new Dean of the College of Chiropractic (UBCC), and Elizabeth Wotton-Pimentel, who has been officially named Dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM) after serving as its interim dean for the 2011-12 academic year.

Denise Gagne-Kurpiewski was appointed as Director of Educational Assessment and Planning for the Division of Health Sciences.

Paul Sherman, DC, an associate professor of clinical sciences and member of the UBCC faculty since 1998, has been appointed as the coordinator of academic affairs.

Mikyle Byrd-Vaughn, N.D., assistant professor of clinical sciences, has been appointed as the coordinator of academic affairs.


Dean, College of Chiropractic

Dr. Wickes, was initially trained as a chiropractic physician in Illinois and has spent most of his professional life in the academic setting. He has served as the chief academic officer the National University of Health Sciences and the University of Western States. In addition to his professional doctorate, he holds a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University. He has served as a faculty member, department chair, director, dean, and vice president.

“UBCC is committed to training doctors of chiropractic as portal of entry providers capable of successfully meeting the challenges of today’s integrative health care environment, while respecting the various approaches and philosophies inherent within our diverse chiropractic community. We are confident Dr. Wickes will help us significantly in this regard,” said Health Sciences Vice Provost Dr. David M. Brady.

Active in the chiropractic profession at the national and international level, Dr. Wicks has been involved at a multitude of levels with the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, Council on Chiropractic Education, Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, World Federation of Chiropractic, Congress of Chiropractic State Associations, the Chiropractic Summit, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, and the American Chiropractic Association. He has also helped the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi develop a chiropractic degree program in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Dean, College of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Elizabeth Wotton-Pimentel joined the College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2006 as full-time faculty, became the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2008, and since August 2011, has been serving in the capacity of interim dean.

Brady said, “Since joining UBCNM, Dr. Wotton-Pimentel has taken a leadership role in curriculum and program development, assessment, and collaboration, and has been instrumental in making numerous enhancements to the curriculum, strengthening the faculty pool, implementing improvements in instructional resources, organizing a Health Sciences Scientific Advisory Committee and interdepartmental opportunities for dialogue and training in CAM research.


Director of Educational Assessment and Planning, Division of Health Sciences

As director of educational assessment and planning for the division of health sciences, Denise Gagne-Kurpiewski will be responsible for coordinating assessment planning, data collection, reporting, and decision making by academic departments within health sciences to drive continuous improvement and assure compliance with accreditation standards. She also will provide faculty consultation and training on the development of learning outcomes, curriculum design, rubric design, and the use of assessment information to drive curricular planning.

Ms. Gagne-Kupiewski’s training includes an Advanced Diploma (6th year), Educational Leadership, College of New Rochelle; Administrative Certification Program in Educational Leadership, Sacred Heart University; MBA, University of Bridgeport; and BBA, Concentration in Management, Western Connecticut State University.


Coordinator of Academic Affairs, College of Chiropractic

In addition to continuing in a faculty role, Dr. Sherman will assist the dean, associate dean of clinical education, and director of educational assessment and planning to coordinate academic activities, including, faculty support, program scheduling and planning, student advising and competency assurance, and data compilation and reporting for accreditation compliance.


Coordinator of Academic Affairs, College of Naturopathic Medicine

Mikyle Byrd-Vaughn, N.D., will assist the dean, associate dean of clinical affairs, and director of educational assessment and planning in coordination of academic activities, including, faculty support, program scheduling and planning, student advising and competency assurance, and data compilation and reporting for accreditation compliance. She will also continue to act as the dispensary manager.


Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu