Oct 15, 2020 04:42PM
By T S
Dr. James Hauschildt assumed his role as President of Clarkson College on July 20, so he particularly appreciated the opportunity to address the newest group of incoming students at the recent fall orientation a few weeks later.
“I told them this: There are a lot of great educational institutions in Omaha and in this region and nationally, and you’ve chosen one known for preparing health care workforce professionals to enter into leadership positions and complex clinical delivery,” he said. “(Clarkson College graduates) are exceptionally prepared, sought out and highly regarded.”
Dr. Hauschildt’s extensive educational background includes master’s degrees in nursing and business and a doctorate degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa. The Iowa native began his nursing career at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa, and was a clinical nurse during his four years of service in the U.S. Air Force; he continues to maintain a license as a registered nurse. Prior to joining Clarkson College, Dr. Hauschildt led Good Samaritan College in Cincinnati and St. Luke’s College in Kansas City as president. At Clarkson College, he oversees more than 200 team members supporting 1,200 students pursuing health-related majors and occupations.
“We serve not only the Omaha area, but the Midwest and nationally; about half our students are online,” he said.
Our institutional Values of Learning, Excellence, Integrity, Commitment and Caring are among the many factors which drew him to the College, Dr. Hauschildt said. He also respects the 132-year-old institution’s success in evolving to meet changing needs such as a shortage of health care workers for rural communities, a growing geriatric population, and focus on new platforms for delivering education. And he’s proud to advance initiatives that are cultivating an increasingly diverse student body.
“I think this organization has responded very, very well to supporting our communities and approaching health care differently in the past, including health care delivery and how health care is funded,” he said. “I’m so very impressed and humbled to be here amidst a group that works so hard and is committed to service and education, helping provide people with opportunities they might not have otherwise had, especially in times of challenge.”