Davenport’s board of trustees undergoes changes

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Dr. Peter Hahn. Courtesy Davenport University

Davenport University has added two new members to its 11-member board of trustees and appointed two members to new leadership roles. 

Dr. Peter Hahn, president and CEO of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, and Tina Wheeler, vice chairman, health care sector and audit leader and managing partner for the West Michigan practice and audit and assurance partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP, have joined the board of trustees. 

In their new roles, Hahn and Wheeler will help develop and approve the university’s mission, strategic goals and objectives. They will also work to establish policies related to degree programs and services. 

“The university will benefit from the strategic leadership and diverse thinking these executives will bring to our strategic vision,” said Dr. Richard J. Pappas, president of Davenport University. “The experience our new members bring in their respective fields will benefit our students and degree programs in many ways.”

Prior to becoming the region’s first physician CEO, Hahn was the chief medical officer at Metro Health, and in that role, he was instrumental in the health system by creating an affiliation with Michigan Medicine.

Since being promoted to his current position, he has strengthened that affiliation with a greater integration resulting in clinical programs and centers for patients and families.

“Davenport has been an incredible partner to Metro Health for more than a decade, with many of their graduates serving as active members of our workforce, and I look forward to having an opportunity to offer strategic counsel as a member of the board in the coming years,” Hahn said.

Tina Wheeler. Courtesy Davenport University

Wheeler has 30 years of experience in audit, tax and consulting services at Deloitte, where she helps with health care organizations and addresses accounting and auditing industry issues. She has been the audit and assurance partner at the organization for more than 19 years. She was appointed as the managing partner of the West Michigan practice in March 2019.

“Davenport is well-known for being a leader in academia and focusing on career opportunities for its students,” said Wheeler. “I look forward to playing a role in helping the university achieve its vision for the future as it looks to deliver a quality education to students and position them for professional success.”

Former vice chairman Kenneth Yerrick, executive vice president emeritus of Dow Corning Corporation, now leads the board of trustees. The university also appointed Paula Cunningham, state director of AARP of Michigan, as its new vice chair. 

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