New Faculty Continue PUC's Legacy

By Mike Mennard on November 12, 2007

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On September 22, Pacific Union College launched its 116th year of quality Seventh-Day Adventist education. By the close of the college's inaugural year of 1882 83, the school had enrolled 152 students and employed a faculty of six. Things have changed. Today, PUC educates over 1600 students with about 115 faculty members.

This year, PUC welcomes six new professors to the college's faculty.

Sandra Balli, Ph.D., joins the department of education. Balli will teach for the department and will serve as an associate academic dean. Her focus will be to assist the school in applying technology to learning. Balli replaces Paul Plummer who retired this year after over fifty years in Adventist education.

Kenneth James, Ph.D., R.D., new to the family and consumer science department, will work directly with PUC's food science and administration programs, as well as nutrition classes. James comes to PUC from East Tennessee University.

A native of Peru, Rosario (Charo) Cabellero-Chambers, M.A., will teach Spanish for PUC's modern languages department. Cabellero-Chambers comes to PUC from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

PUC's largest department, nursing, welcomes three new teachers. Carol Williams, R.N., M.S., will work as PUC's skills lab coordinator. Carel Clay, R.N., M.S.N., will teach pediatric nursing. And Debra Winkle, R.N. B.S. will coordinate the L.V.N to R.N. program.

At its inception, PUC aimed to be a school with the highest academic standards. Throughout PUC's rich history, the school's faculty have kept that vision alive. And this year's newest additions will work to continue that worthy legacy.