New Provost to Inspire Tomorrow’s Health Care Leaders

Dr. Karen Benn Marshall joins AdventHealth University.

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 25, 2023 — AdventHealth University is pleased to welcome Karen Benn Marshall, EdD, MS, as Provost, effective Oct. 9, 2023.

Dr. Benn Marshall brings extensive experience in higher education as well as a passion for academic excellence, institutional effectiveness, and strategic planning.

Dr. Benn Marshall earned her Doctorate in Science Education from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., her Master of Science degree in Biology from Alabama A&M, and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Oakwood College. She most recently served as Vice President for Enrollment Services and Retention and Dean for the Center for Student Success at Oakwood University, where she held a variety of leadership roles, including Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Education, Vice President for Academic Administration, Interim Senior Vice President, and Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

“AdventHealth University is thrilled to welcome Dr. Benn Marshall to our institution,” said C. Josef Ghosn, EdD, FACHE, president and CEO of AdventHealth University. “We are confident Dr. Benn Marshall will develop a strong academic vision for AdventHealth University, guiding us into a pivotal era of growth, integrity, collaboration, and innovation. We hope she is inspired by the dedication, talent, and passion of our faculty, staff, and students.”

AdventHealth University, with campuses in Orlando and Denver, offers more than 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees in health care as well as more than 25 industry certifications in high-demand fields.

“I am honored to serve in this leadership capacity at a faith-affirming institution,” said Dr. Benn Marshall. “I look forward to working collaboratively with AHU faculty and staff to ensure we grow enrollment while continuing to provide a high-quality educational experience for our students.” 

About AdventHealth University

AdventHealth University (AHU) is a leader in health care education, transforming the science and practice of whole-person care and developing professionals with uncommon compassion. The University seeks to develop skilled professionals who live the healing values of Christ and works in collaboration with AdventHealth to effectively extend His healing ministry.

AHU offers undergraduate, graduate, and online programs, including Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Health Sciences, Medical Lab Sciences, Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Healthcare Administration, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Spiritual Care and Radiologic Technology.

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