Published: March 11, 2016
Pacific Oaks College announced the installation of a new Dean, Marcia Bankirer, Ph.D. to their newly established branch in San Jose, CA located at 1245 S. Winchester Blvd. The new campus provides students a home base for their studies with seven integrated classrooms, ample administrative space, and the resources needed for a successful educational experience.
Dr. Bankirer expressed her enthusiasm in regards to her new appointment, “I am very excited to have joined Pacific Oaks at this time of such positive events and welcome the opportunity to help grow this new campus! This designation means that the same mission, vision, and reputation of the unique quality and pedagogy of Pacific Oaks programs will reach additional audiences with the full support of a full campus.”
For the past five years, Dr. Bankirer has held the position of President at the Denver School of Nursing. In this role and throughout her career, she has been leading initiatives in the use of media and technology to engage students. Her innovative vision of learning, including the development of alternative and off-campus degree programs, earned Dr. Bankirer her senior leadership positions as President at Argosy University at both the Chicago and Denver campuses, Vice Provost at Central Michigan University, and Academic Vice President at Jones International University. She has been published in various journals of higher education which showcased her passion of distance learning and the importance of technology in continuing education. She further developed her expertise in accreditation and competency-based learning in her role as Senior Academic Officer of the Western Governors University during their implementation.
Dr. Bankirer earned her Ph.D. in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of Wyoming and her M.Ed. in Adult and Continuing Education from Colorado State University.
Once operational as an instructional site, this new campus will offer five brand new programs in addition to the current bachelor’s-completion and master’s programs in Human Development. Fall 2016 will bring the start of M.Ed.’s with both a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential and a Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential. These two credential options will be available as stand-alone programs as well. Pacific Oaks’ School of Cultural & Family Psychology will also offer its Master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy with a specialization in Trauma Studies for the first time outside of Pasadena.