Nicoleta L. Bugnariu, PT, PhD, EMBA will join the Pacific family on June 1 as founding dean of the School of Health Sciences. Since 2012, she has served in various faculty and administrative roles at University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently vice provost of community engagement and service at UNT Health Science Center and previously served as interim dean of the School of Health Professions.

“I am delighted to join the Pacific family and have the opportunity to lead and collaborate with such talented, student-focused faculty, staff and administrators,” said Dr. Bugnariu. “We have ahead of us a great opportunity and responsibility to translate the university and school vision into reality, provide a purpose-driven, mission-centric transformational educational experience to our students, prepare them to positively shape the future of health professions, and to lead and serve their communities.”


Dr. Bugnariu brings with her more than 20 years of higher education academic and administrative experience. An accomplished researcher, her areas of expertise are motor control and systems neuroscience.

“I am delighted to join the Pacific family and have the opportunity to lead and collaborate with such talented, student-focused faculty, staff and administrators.”

She earned her bachelor of science in physiotherapy and her doctor of philosophy in neuroscience at University of Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Bugnariu completed a postdoctoral fellowship in rehabilitation sciences at McGill University in Montreal and the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University, College of Medicine. She earned her executive master of business administration from Neely School of Business, Texas Christian University.

Dr. Bugnariu will be based on Pacific’s Sacramento campus.

School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences will house nine distinct, yet collaborative health care programs. The school currently houses three inaugural programs: master of science in nursing, master of science in clinical nutrition and master of social work. In addition to the inaugural programs, the School of Health Sciences will be home to Pacific’s programs in Athletic Training, Audiology, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies and Speech-Language Pathology.


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