Congratulations to one of St. Thomas team members–He represents what STU is built on–“Changing Lives Through Education!!! Dr. Jeff Bolles Honored with 2024 Athletic Golden Braves Award

Dr. Jeff Bolles, Acting Dean of the College of International Business at St. Thomas University, has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to education and community impact with the prestigious 2024 Athletic Golden Braves Award. The accolade, awarded for “Changing Lives Through Education,” celebrates Dr. Bolles’ exemplary dedication to empowering students and fostering a culture of excellence.

With over two decades of experience in higher education, Dr. Bolles has left an indelible mark on the institutions he has served, ranging from private to public universities. His diverse background spans the healthcare industry and business organizations, reflecting his multifaceted expertise. From long-term care to cardiology allied health, Dr. Bolles’ professional journey has equipped him with invaluable insights into the intersection of academia and real-world challenges.

At the heart of Dr. Bolles’ teaching philosophy lies a commitment to student-centered learning. Emphasizing interaction, application of course material, and extensive critical thinking, he cultivates an engaging environment conducive to academic growth and personal development. His approach, tailored to graduate-level education, instills in students a deep understanding of their subject matter and prepares them for success beyond the classroom.

Dr. Bolles’ academic credentials underscore his dedication to continuous learning and interdisciplinary collaboration. Armed with a Master of Arts in Exercise Physiology, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Studies, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as an educator and leader. As a Master Certified Health Education Specialist recognized by the National Commission for Health Sciences Credentialing, Dr. Bolles’ expertise extends to the forefront of healthcare innovation and policy.

Driven by a passion for research, Dr. Bolles’ scholarly pursuits intersect with finance and population health. His areas of interest encompass health behavior modification, epidemiology, healthcare finance, quality control, health policy, and universal health insurance. By exploring these critical domains, he aims to advance our understanding of the complex dynamics shaping public health outcomes and inform evidence-based interventions.

In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Bolles exemplifies a commitment to diversity and inclusion, championing a welcoming environment that celebrates the richness of human experience. His unwavering dedication to lifelong learning serves as an inspiration to students and colleagues alike, embodying the transformative power of education to effect positive change.

As he receives the 2024 Athletic Golden Braves Award, Dr. Jeff Bolles stands as a beacon of excellence in education, embodying the values of leadership, innovation, and service. His remarkable contributions to the academic community and beyond serve as a testament to his enduring legacy and profound impact on those he encounters.

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