Fiorella Peñaloza, D.M., has been appointed director of institutional effectiveness at Park University. Peñaloza began her duties at Park on Aug. 15.
In her role as director of institutional effectiveness, Peñaloza will coordinate the collection, analysis and interpretation of internal and external data to track institutional outcomes and promote processes that support institutional decision-making and accreditation efforts.
Prior to coming to Park, Peñaloza was at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, N.Y., since 2011, serving as director of institutional effectiveness, accreditation liaison officer and assistant professor of liberal arts. She also had a two-year stint as a Bridges to the Doctorate Scholar (awarded by the National Science Foundation) at the City College of the City University of New York, and she spent one year at CUNY’s Queens College as minority access to research careers program administrative assistant and international cell death society administrative assistant.
Peñaloza earned a Doctorate of Management degree in organizational development and change from Colorado Technical University. She has a Master of Arts degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology, both from Queens College. In 2014, Peñaloza was honored by the Huntington Township (N.Y.) Chamber of Commerce as a “30 Young Professionals Under 30” award recipient.