New Health Dean on boardSubmitted on: 05-18-2004
He’s relaxed, always ready to laugh and learn, and he sometimes watches wrestling to de-stress. Aims’ new associate dean of Allied Health and Human Services is as down to earth as they come. So pay no attention to the impending or the earned doctoral degrees, the two master’s degrees, a career in law enforcement, another in the military, and his four-time NCAA All-American status in track and field that helped him qualify for the Olympic trials in 1988 and 1992. McKinney, 36, began work at Aims’ Greeley campus on May 3. Most recently, he was a consultant to the U.S. Air Force in Knob Noster, Mo. At the same time, he also served as the healthcare administrator and personnel manager for the US Army Reserve, and he taught part-time at National American University, where he helped develop the university’s Healthcare Administration program. McKinney has a bachelor’s degree in communications, two master’s degrees in public administration and acquisition and procurement, a doctorate in finance, is working on a doctorate in human services, was a Nevada State Trooper for almost four years, is now a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves after a four-year career (specializing as a field medic) and, as an adjunct professor, he has taught healthcare administration, public administration, procurement and purchasing, math, English, economics, management, finance and basic composition at four different universities. When he saw the job announcement for Aims, he said, it seemed a perfect way to grow professionally, and one that would allow him to slow down, lay down some roots and invest in a community. “I had been wanting to get back into higher education on a full-time basis,” McKinney said. “I enjoy it. I feel like it’s my calling.” He approaches his new job with as much energy as he’s shown in his entire career. Already, he has plans for new programs he’d like to introduce at Aims, such as phlebotomy, physical therapy technician, and laboratory technician. He said he’d also like to establish a pipeline at Aims for students to use to attend a Denver physician assistant program. “I plan to be very, very visible in the community,” McKinney said. He and his wife JoAnn have already moved to Greeley. “I plan on making the churches, the health care organizations, community organizations, high schools, as many places I can to get the word out about Aims’ programs. Hopefully, I’ll be successful.” In the last year, Aims has refocused its efforts on its health occupations programs, starting a new two-year practical nursing degree, furthering its radiologic technology program by adding a nuclear medicine certificate, and adding a new surgical technology program. Aims also relocated its health programs into its new Health Sciences Building in Greeley, is working on developing health occupations programs for high school students at its Fort Lupton campus, and is considering offering health programs, such as nursing, at its Loveland campus.
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