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Jan. 17 forum will feature spreaker Gregory Davenport, chairman and program director of university's new School of Medical Science

The next luncheon forum of the Legacy League will feature a talk about George Fox University's new physician assistant (PA) program.

The luncheon is set for noon Jan. 17 at Canyon Commons on the campus of GFU.

Featured speaker will be Gregory Davenport, chairman and program director of GFU's new School of Medical Science, which will be housed in a new building set to be opened in December. The 43,000-square-foot building on Werth Boulevard and near Providence Newberg Medical Center will also house the school's new doctor of physical therapy program.

The two-year PA program is pending approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is expected to begin in January 2021. The program will be affiliated with nearby clinics and was designed to help alleviate a nationwide shortage of physician assistants, according to a press release.

Davenport brings with him to the post more than 30 years of professional experience in the medical education field. For four years prior to taking the GFU job he was dean of the graduate school of health science at North Greenville University in South Carolina, where he was founding director of that university's PA program. He was also dean and founding director of didactic education for the PA program at Harding University in Arkansas. Since 1996, Davenport has also owned a company that specializes in wilderness survival and disaster medicine. He holds a doctorate in health science leadership and organizational behavior from A.T. Still University in Missouri.

Reservation for the luncheon are $10 and must be made by Jan. 15. To make reservations or for more information, call Judy Woolsey at 503-538-7314.

The Legacy League, previously known as the George Fox University Auxiliary, raises funds for student scholarships and last year topped more than $25,000. The funds are added to an endowment fund that provided three scholarships last year.


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