Heritage University Announces Retirement of President Andrew Sund, PhD

Heritage University Announces Retirement of President Andrew Sund, PhD


Heritage University Announces Retirement of President Andrew Sund, PhD

Toppenish, WA – Heritage University announces that President Andrew Sund, PhD, the institution’s third president, will retire on June 30, 2025, after an impactful and dedicated eight-year term.

Dr. Sund has led Heritage University with distinction since 2017, fostering a period of significant growth and development for the university. Under his leadership, Heritage has expanded its academic programs, increased student enrollment, and strengthened community partnerships. Dr. Sund’s unwavering commitment to academic excellence and student success has been the hallmark of his presidency.

A true champion for equity and accessible education, Dr. Sund has ensured that Heritage University remains an inclusive institution that serves students from all backgrounds. His efforts have made higher education more attainable for many who might otherwise have faced significant barriers. Additionally, Dr. Sund has been instrumental in the significant growth of the University’s endowment. His strategic vision and effective fundraising efforts have strengthened the university’s financial foundation, ensuring that Heritage University can continue to provide quality education and support for our students for generations to come.

“It has been an honor to serve as the president of Heritage University,” said Dr. Sund. “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together and grateful for the support of our talented faculty, dedicated staff, and inspiring students. As I prepare for my retirement, I look forward to watching Heritage continue to thrive and grow.”

Sund expressed his desire to teach, write, and spend time at his homes in Chicago and near Santiago, Chile as the primary reasons for his decision to retire.

In preparation for Dr. Sund’s upcoming retirement, the Heritage University Board of Directors will engage in a national search to identify the next president.

“The board is deeply appreciative of Dr. Sund’s visionary leadership and the numerous accomplishments during his tenure,” said Bob Gerst, Chair of the Heritage University Board of Directors. “We are committed to finding a successor who will build on his legacy and lead Heritage University into its next chapter of excellence.”

The search committee will commence its work immediately, with the goal of identifying and appointing a new president before Dr. Sund’s retirement date to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.

Heritage University will host a series of events in the coming months to celebrate Dr. Sund’s contributions to the university and to provide opportunities for the community to express their gratitude.

For more information, please contact Davidson Mance, Media Relations Coordinator at (509) 969-6084 or mance_d@heritage.edu.

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