SD names director of admissions
Esther Valenzuela, MBA, MA
Esther Valenzuela, MBA, MA, joined the School of Dentistry staff on September 11, as director of admissions.
Ms. Valenzuela has a strong background in health care and in education. From 1985 to 1989, she served as associate dean of women, La Sierra University. She was an instructor in the School of Nursing from 1990 to 1993, and served as director of admissions and student affairs for the School of Nursing from 1990 to 1994. Most recently, for 10 years, she worked in nursing management at LLUMC, overseeing operating room, recovery room, G.I. lab, pre-admission testing service (PATS) and central sterilization.
She was looking forward to the opening of the new GI lab in June of 2007, when the opportunity to join the School staff arrived. “I was very happy with what I was doing,” she says. “But I wanted to be open to God’s will, to consider the position.” She gave the matter serious thought while on a 10-day vacation to Florida.
“I decided,” she shares, “that it would be a good match. I’ve always enjoyed working with students,” she says, “and hope to connect with them at a deep level, mentoring and inspiring them.”
As director of admissions, she will be chairing admissions committees, reviewing files, presenting names for consideration, and advising students.
As for her philosophy for the office of admissions—“It is our goal,” she says, “to attract and accept students who prefer to study in a faith-based School and who are interested in Christian service.”
She has served on numerous committees on both the Loma Linda and La Sierra campuses, and is active in church and community service.
She earned her BS degree in nursing from the LLU School of Nursing in 1980, an MA in counseling and guidance from LLU in 1987; and an MBA from the School of Business, University of Redlands.
By Nancy Yuen