Dr. Cook Honored as a Hero for Service to the Portland Community

Dr. Andrea CookDr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College, has been recognized as one of Adventist Health Foundation’s “Heroes of the Heart,” a distinction awarded to local community members who are making a difference in Portland through their service to others.

Citing her commitment to providing equitable access to higher education within our community, Dr. Cook was selected from an array of volunteers, youth, public servants, business leaders, and foundation and corporation leaders, each of whom were nominated by members of the community and chosen by a committee chaired by Adventist Health Foundation board member Lynn Snodgrass.

Bess Wills, General Manager of Gresham Ford, and previous recipient of the award, said, “Dr. Andrea Cook set out to change the community within a mile radius of Warner Pacific but she has done so much more. The ripple effects of her commitment to community service has benefited the entire region and made a positive impact on countless lives.”

President Cook will receive her award, along with fellow honorees, Barry and Suzanne Birch and Ardina Wang, at the 2013 Heroes of the Heart Gala and dinner, held Tuesday, October 29, at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland.

The Heroes of the Heart Gala is a benefit for Adventist Medical Center’s new Heart to Home Transitional Care Program, which provides support to patients following their discharge from the hospital.

For more information on the 2013 Heroes of the Heart Gala, contact the Adventist Health Foundation at 503-251-6197 or visit adventisthealthnw.com/gala.

Synergis Education Announces Partnership With WPC

Synergis Education is pleased to announce it has signed a partnership agreement with Warner Pacific College to provide comprehensive operations, marketing, and academic support services to the college’s Adult Degree Program (ADP). Warner Pacific College took an innovative approach to adult higher education when it began offering unique accelerated degree programs through its ADP division in 1989.

“Synergis is on the leading edge in delivering services to colleges like Warner Pacific,” said Warner Pacific College’s President, Dr. Andrea P. Cook. “Their progressive approach to employing technology across the student’s experience, innovative marketing strategies, and commitment to the implementation of new modalities will firmly support our educational mission and facilitate the enrollment of adult learners who will flourish in our academic programs.”

Warner Pacific College currently has a total enrollment of more than 1,400 students, almost two-thirds of whom are adult learners completing undergraduate and graduate programs at campuses throughout Oregon. Warner Pacific has been accredited by The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1961.

“Warner Pacific College has a long and distinguished history of serving its community and is the institution of choice for the 21st Century Student,” said Norm Allgood, CEO of Synergis Education. “Synergis Education is privileged to be affiliated with such a well-positioned institution, and is excited to join the College in further expanding educational opportunities and enhancing the experiences of its adult and graduate students.”

About Synergis

Synergis is a premium, full-service provider of educational services designed for college and university leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo. It assists its partner institutions in gaining regional prominence, enrollment growth, and overall sustainability through continual improvement and best practices. Synergis is unique among education services providers in that it is positioned to work with the entire adult higher education market, remaining agnostic as to the delivery method (online, face-to-face, blended, etc.).