Apr 15, 2021
Dr. Andrew Sund, President
Heritage University and the Community

Dr. Sund will give an overview of Heritage University beginning with its founding and mission but with a greater focus on recent changes as well as on the HU campus in the Tri-Cities/HU@CBC

Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D., is the President of Heritage University, appointed to the position in 2017. Since joining the institution, Dr. Sund has worked on several initiatives designed to improve the effectiveness of the University. Dr. Sund has restructured the administrative units, the Admissions Office and infused resources into marketing. A major focus of his administration has been planning and re-engaging with the mission of the University and its meaning to daily operations.

Dr. Sund has played a major role in connecting the university with the communities that surround it. He has been a speaker at numerous events, including rotary presentations, he has addressed the Yakama Tribal Council several times and participates regularly in a Spanish language radio broadcast. Additionally, Dr. Sund has established a new workforce development unit that will provide training opportunities and thereby deepen the university’s connection to employers and their employees throughout the valley.

During his brief tenure at the University, president Sund has secured significant gifts from the Moccasin Lake Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as grown giving from many other foundations and individuals as he demonstrates his passion for the University’s mission and his desire to perpetuate and enhance the successes of his predecessors.

Dr. Sund has successfully led accreditation efforts for the Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Social Work, and Education programs.  And, under Dr. Sund’s leadership, the University successfully hosted its comprehensive accreditation visit from the Northwest Commission of College and Universities in 2019.

Prior to joining Heritage University, Dr. Sund was President of St. Augustine College in Chicago. He took over the presidency during a period when the future of the college was uncertain and returned it to a trajectory of increased academic quality, recognition, and stability. Under his leadership, the college developed new programs, opened additional sites, developed strategic partnerships with numerous public and private entities, increased enrollment by 35%, and developed the college’s first fundraising strategy. Dr. Sund has been heralded for his accomplishments by numerous organizations, including Latino Leaders Magazine which awarded him the Maestro of Community Service award in 2016. St. Augustine was recognized as the Outstanding Institution of the year by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in 2013.

Other accomplishments in Dr. Sund’s career include co-publishing an American History textbook in Spanish and pioneering the use of multi-media in the classroom. He is the past president of the Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE). He is also a governing board member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Yes We Must Coalition. He is fluent in Spanish as well as four other languages.

Dr. Sund received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s degree in History from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Sund is married and has three adult children. He lives in Yakima with his wife Norma.