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V6I1: NWCCU Evaluator Receives PNWU President’s Medal


Angie Girard, NWCCU peer evaluator and former Director of Accreditation and Compliance at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) received the President’s Medal for extraordinary commitment to the mission of PNWU. The Board of Trustees authorized the presentation of this Presidential Citation to Ms. Girard on May 20, 2023.

The President’s Medal is awarded to a member of the University community in recognition of extraordinary and unique service and contributions to PNWU. Criteria for recipients include:

  • Distinction in service and commitment to the University.
  • Achievement in a profession and/or extraordinary merit.
  • Achievement in medicine.
  • Demonstrated initiative toward the improvement of University program or campus activities.

Ms. Girard was a key leader in the PNWU’s success in achieving initial and ongoing accreditation. She led the university’s Accreditation Office. Ms. Girard’s expertise in accreditation policies and procedures helped expedite PNWU’s accreditation from NWCCU and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. In addition, she directed development of PNWU’s initial strategic plan and facilitated the planning process for several years.

Ms. Girard graduated from Heritage University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Education in Administration. Before her work at PNWU, Ms. Girard served the Yakima School District as a high school and middle school math and science teacher and later as an assistant principal.

Her community service included Junior Achievement, South Central Washington Science Olympiad, South Central Washington STEM Advisory Board, Public Facilities District Board of Directors, and several other non-profit organizations.

NWCCU congratulates Ms. Girard on this prestigious honor.


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