FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) announces that Leonard Pounds, M.S. has been named the university’s vice president of Clinical Operations. As the VP of Clinical Operations, he will oversee all clinic operations, including the revenue cycle. Mr. Pounds will work to enhance the patient experience at NSU’s 39 centers where 220,000 patients visit annually. In addition, he will work closely with NSU’s deans, strengthening our academic programs and ensuring that research opportunities are readily available for all academic centers.
“We look forward to Leonard taking the helm of NSU’s clinical operations,” noted Dr. George Hanbury, NSU’s president and CEO. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the role. I have the utmost confidence that he will lead and guide the growth of this important aspect of the university, giving our clinical operation a distinctive edge.”
“It is an honor to continue my commitment to serving NSU and the surrounding community,” Pounds stated. “With the recent opening of NSU’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine and the soon-to-arrive teaching hospital, I am excited to take on this role as NSU continues to grow.”
Mr. Pounds joined NSU in 2007 and has held various roles in the Office of Innovation and Information Technology, most recently serving as the Deputy Chief Information Officer. In this position, he provided leadership and operational planning, overseeing the evaluation, deployment and management of current and future IT systems.
Prior to starting his civilian IT career, Mr. Pounds served in the U.S. Navy as an Information Systems Technician Second-Class Petty Officer (ESWS). His active duty deployments included Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Pounds received numerous awards of distinction including three Navy & Marine Corps Achievement medals, a Navy Unit Commendation medal, a Navy Good Conduct medal, a National Defense Service medal, a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service medal and the designation of Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.
Mr. Pounds is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Systems at NSU’s College of Engineering and Computing. He holds a master’s degree from NSU and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit www.nova.edu.