Press Release Joyce University Welcomes New Provost

Joyce University Welcomes New Provost

Sep 23, 2022

Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences Welcomes Dr. John Smith-Coppes as New Provost

Salt Lake City, UT – September 23 2022 Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences, formerly known as Ameritech College, welcomes Dr. John Smith-Coppes as the university’s new provost. Dr. Smith-Coppes brings extensive experience in higher education and the healthcare industry to Joyce University. In this role, Dr. Smith-Coppes will oversee academic affairs, instruction, and the curriculum of the various degree programs.

“Dr. Smith-Coppes’s impressive background and experience will only continue to elevate Joyce University’s academic excellence and better prepare students for the workplace,” said Sherry Jones, president of Joyce University. “I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Smith-Coppes to our institution where he can work closely with our dedicated faculty to impact the lives of our enthusiastic students.”

Prior to Joyce University, Dr. Smith-Coppes spent more than a decade serving as a senior leader at Rasmussen University, most recently serving as the Vice President and Executive Director of Rasmussen’s School of Nursing – one of the nation’s largest nursing schools. His career spans years of dedicated service to higher education through his work in institutions within the Midwest with roles that span faculty, academic affairs, student affairs and services, campus operations and management, administrative, and executive offices. Dr. Smith-Coppes holds a Doctorate of Higher Education and Organizational Change from Benedictine University; a Master of Business Administration from Bethel University; Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of San Diego; and graduate education from Harvard University.

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    Joyce University of Nursing and Health Sciences, formerly known as Ameritech College of Healthcare, is one of the top-rated nursing schools in Utah. Founded in 1979, Joyce University’s mission is to prepare students to serve as competent professionals, to advance their careers, and to pursue lifelong learning. Located in Draper, Utah, Joyce University is proud to have helped thousands of students graduate and launch lasting healthcare careers.

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