Meet the President
Therese A. Scanlan, EdD
Dr. Scanlan was appointed by the Oak Point University Board of Directors to the position of President in June 2016. Prior to this role, she served as Interim President from March – June 2016 and as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer where she led a multitude of governance, legal, construction and financial initiatives through the University’s enormous period of growth. For the past 10 years, she has held significant positions throughout the University’s history; from the former West Suburban College of Nursing to what is now Oak Point University.
In 2010, the University embarked upon a change of control process to become an independent organization from the non-profit parent health system: a very involved, detailed and lengthy process. During this conversion, Dr. Scanlan was instrumental in leading the contract, financial, governance and regulatory aspects of the process.
In addition to the control process change, the University was also planning, constructing and relocating from Oak Park to Chicago. Dr. Scanlan led these initiatives, managed the change, and kept the University community and its constituents informed and involved. In December 2012, the University moved to its new location ahead of schedule, where it now stands and continues to grow inside the walls of Presence Saint Elizabeth Hospital at 1431 N. Claremont in Chicago.
Dr. Scanlan’s vision for the University has continued into 2016 with the development of a new 14-room state-of-the-art Interprofessional Education Simulation Learning Center at Oak Point, which replaces the one-room Simulation Learning Center that was built in 2012. This new center allows our students the opportunity to work collaboratively on interdisciplinary patient care teams in both colleges through didactic clinical, classroom and simulation education, which will generate graduates who practice patient-centered, integrated team-based healthcare.
In addition to her work at Oak Point University, Dr. Scanlan has held various administrative positions within different sectors of higher education and non-profit management. These positions include District Director of Student Revenue for the City Colleges of Chicago, Regional Director at the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and Director of Financial Aid at both DeVry Chicago and Governors State University. Dr. Scanlan also was a faculty member in the School of Education at Capella University.