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NOVA president appoints dean of allied health as acting provost for college’s Medical Education Campus

Northern Virginia Community College President Scott Ralls named NOVA’s Allied Health Dean Andrew B. Cornell, Sr., as acting provost for the Medical Education Campus following the announcement that Provost Anne Loochtan will be leaving the college in early March. 

“Dr. Loochtan has provided excellent leadership for NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, always leading with integrity and a strong commitment to student success,” Ralls said. “She will be missed.  Her contributions to the MEC have played an integral role in ensuring students receive an outstanding education and are fully prepared to fill the thousands of healthcare vacancies expected in this region in the coming years.”

Ralls continued, “I am also happy that Andy Cornell has agreed to step in as acting provost while we search for our new healthcare leader at NOVA. Andy has been a well-respected NOVA dean and faculty member for many years. With his considerable experience, I am confident the Medical Education Campus will continue to move forward as we make this transition in leadership.”

Cornell has served as dean of the Medical Education Campus’ Allied Health Division since 2007. He is responsible for managing the budget for the division consisting of NOVA’s ten Allied Health programs, reviewing curriculum, supervising and evaluating full-time faculty and coordinating class schedules.

The MEC’s Allied Health Division awards approximately 650 associate degrees and certificates each year in Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Radiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Information Management, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Dental Assisting. Cornell said he is committed to continuing to make a difference in the lives of students at the MEC.

Cornell retired from military service after a career as a healthcare administrator and systems consultant. He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and he holds a master’s degree in health administration (MHA) from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University.

Each of NOVA’s six campuses is headed by a provost who is responsible for all academic and student services, as well as day-to-day campus management. NOVA’s Medical Education Campus is the only specialized community college campus in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Cornell will assume the role as acting provost immediately following Loochtan’s departure March 7.


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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.