Allan Hoffman, a recognized scholar and veteran human services administrator, has been appointed as president of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its cutting edge graduate degree programs in somatic psychology, prenatal and perinatal psychology that focus on integration of the whole human being—mind, body and spirit. Hoffman assumes leadership of the institution today. Cofounder and campus dean Marti Glenn will continue to serve the graduate school as an academic leader and professor.
“Allan’s energy and depth of experience as both an educator and an administrator will be invaluable as SBGI continues to evolve, grow, and develop its programs in integrative health and human services,” said Dr. Michael Horowitz, president and CEO of TCS Education System, the nonprofit entity of which SBGI is an affiliate.
Hoffman has spent almost 40 years working in higher education leadership and health care. He has served as CEO, vice-president, executive officer, dean, and professor at post-secondary institutions including Ottawa University, University of Southern California, State University of New York at Buffalo, Cal State at Dominguez Hills, Des Moines University, Compton Community College, and Hartnell College. He has published extensively, has served on the editorial board and as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Allied Health and Journal of Public Health, and has authored several books focusing on leadership, managing colleges and universities, and total quality in higher education.
As dean and professor of Health Care Management and Public Health at Des Moines University- Osteopathic Medical Center (Iowa), Hoffman founded the Center for the Prevention of Community Violence and continues to volunteer and write extensively on violence prevention. He is a certified health education specialist and holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College, where he was named a Kellogg Fellow.
“I am honored to have been selected as the next president of SBGI and to continue the visionary work of cofounders Dr. Marti Glenn and Ken Bruer,” said Dr. Hoffman. “I am intrigued and inspired by the SBGI methodology, which encourages students to work from the inside out in developing their skills as practitioners. I look forward to the transformative work we will do within the institution to develop and enhance our academic programs and student services, and to further our mission to broaden cultural recognition and support for the development of the integrated human being.”
About Santa Barbara Graduate Institute
Founded in 2000, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute offers the world’s first graduate degrees in prenatal and perinatal psychology and the only doctoral degrees in somatic psychology. The institution offers flexible programming, including low residence and distance learning formats, allowing adult learners to study an integrative approach to lasting change and healing. SBGI’s unique pedagogy addresses the individual student’s personal and professional transformation within a curriculum that incorporates the best of traditional treatment methodologies and established clinical practice with the best integrative approaches to health and healing.