Meet Asbury's New Chair of Science & Health

Dr. Vins Sutlive brings a bold vision for growth as the new chair of Asbury University’s Natural Science & Allied Health. Department.

Dr. Vins Sutlive brings a bold vision for growth as the new chair of Asbury University’s Science & Health Department. The position is funded through gifts made to “Ignited: The Campaign for Asbury University” — yet another example of the ways Ignited is already catalyzing excellence in healthcare education at Asbury.

“Asbury’s science programs have a remarkable history of preparing students to apply for medical, dental and veterinary schools,” Sutlive said. “We want to continue what we are doing well, while exploring new possibilities like seeing an allied health program right here on campus, starting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or developing a Master of Science in Athletic Training.” 

A key component of the program’s growth is Asbury’s new Collaborative Learning Center (CLC), an 82,000 square foot space that will house the Department of Science & Health, the Department of Mathematics and the Howard Dayton School of Business. Supporting the CLC paves the way for even more excellence in health education at Asbury.

“The prospect of a new facility is critical, because our department has literally outgrown the building we’re in,” Sutlive said. “Investing in Asbury’s science programs is really an investment in the lives of students, our future clinicians and researchers. I have been impressed by the commitment to Christian service exhibited by our students, and in a real sense, that is what makes a pre-health student at Asbury different. Investing in the lives of students who will take a Christian commitment into the workplace, into the clinic, into the lab, is so important.”

Dr. Vins Sutlive holds a PhD in Human Performance from Indiana University (1996), and is presently the Chair of the Department of Science & Health.  Prior to coming to Asbury, he served as Chair of Health & Exercise Science at Pfeiffer University, where he has worked from 2001-2016.  He served on Pfeiffer’s Nursing Program Advisory Board, and on the Applied Health Sciences Steering Committee that oversaw the development of a Physician’s Assistant program at Pfeiffer. He also served as Director of the Clergy Health Institute, an interdisciplinary program to promote health and wellness among United Methodist clergy in North Carolina and surrounding states.  Prior to joining the Pfeiffer faculty in 2001, Sutlive had held positions at Colorado State University (1995-2001), Indiana University (1992-1995), Asbury College (1984-1987), and the College of William & Mary (1980-1984).  Dr. Sutlive is married to Ann Demaree Sutlive. They have two sons. Joseph is a doctoral student in bio-engineering at Virginia Tech, and Joshua is a freshman at Asbury (Fall 2016).

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