ADU’s Founding President, David Greenlaw, Celebrates 25th Anniversary

News Meghan Brescher

David Greenlaw, D.Min., honored for his strong leadership and mission-focused vision.

ORLANDO, FL – Adventist University of Health Sciences’ (ADU) founding President, David Greenlaw, D.Min., celebrates his 25th anniversary as president for the University. ADU was established in 1992 as a health sciences institution practicing under the mission of Healthcare as Ministry. Dr. Greenlaw was given the responsibility of building the University into an accredited institution that produces world-class healthcare professionals, and he is credited with the success it enjoys today.

“These last 25 years have been my life. I live it night, day, every day of the week. Who I am is here at ADU, and how often do you get to put your stamp on something over such a long period of time,” explained Dr. Greenlaw.

In just 25 years, the University has grown from an institution offering only four associate degrees to where it is today, with over 10 programs offering degrees at all levels: associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral. With the need for quality healthcare education increasing nationwide, Dr. Greenlaw was among the first university presidents to offer online education with the establishment of ADU Online in 2000. Later, he opened an additional campus site in Denver, CO.

Dave Greenlaw

“I can’t imagine anyone else that I know who could have accomplished all that he did in this short period of time,” stated Charlotte Henningsen, Chair of ADU’s Sonography department.

Under Dr. Greenlaw’s vision and leadership, ADU continuously developed to meet the needs of students and healthcare organizations. He saw the importance of nurturing students not just with clinical education, but also with spirituality in a faith-based setting.

Lars Houmann, President and CEO of Florida Hospital, described Dr. Greenlaw as a visionary. He stated, “A visionary is not somebody who just dreams, a visionary is someone who has a pretty specific focused way of seeing the future and getting something there, which Dave clearly has done with ADU.”

ADU honored Dr. Greenlaw with a 25th anniversary video where his family, friends, and colleagues shared their memories of working with him during the formative years, and building the institution to where it is today.

Dr. Greenlaw attributes the success of ADU to “good people,” the faculty and staff that he has employed to make a difference in the lives of each and every student. He said, “What a privilege I’ve had to be able to work this long in one thing, to gather such a wonderful group of people, and to see the work that they produce on a day to day basis. It has been tremendously satisfying for me. Few people get the chance to do that in their life.”