Dennis C. Washington Named VP for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations at Salus University

Dennis WashingtonSalus University recently announced the appointment of Dennis C. Washington to the position of vice president for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations.

Washington most recently served as vice president for institutional advancement at Virginia Union University in Richmond. He brings to Salus over 25 years of experience, including vice president for advancement at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., and vice president for university advancement at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. 

In his new role at Salus, Washington will be responsible for leading the University’s community engagement and fundraising efforts to further enhance its mission of advancing integrated healthcare through innovative education, research and clinical services.

“We are thrilled to have Dennis join the Salus team,” President Dr. Michael Mittelman said.  “As you can see, he brings a wealth of experience and formal expertise in institutional advancement and community relations that will greatly assist the University as we begin to plan for the centennial celebration of the University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry in addition to the tenth anniversary of Salus.”

Additionally, Washington received his master’s degree in planning and public policy from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and his bachelor’s degree in English from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

Washington succeeds Dr. Susan Oleszewski who has chosen to leave Salus after 40 years of service. “Her contributions in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service in the didactic, clinical and administrative portions of the Optometry program have helped shape our program during her tenure,” Dr. Mittelman said.

Dr. Oleszewski has generously agreed to continue to assist the University with the “Lombardi Farewell Tour,” a celebratory fundraising program in honor of Dr. Lorraine Lombardi’s retirement after nearly 50 years of service to Salus and her tireless commitment to the success of the nearly 7,000 students she taught.