Dr. Nicolaas van den Heever, an international expert in administration and education of occupational therapy, has joined the faculty at Brenau University as associate professor and director of the School of Occupational Therapy.
Brenau recruited van den Heever after a yearlong national search to replace the 22-year-old school’s founding director, Barbara Boyt Schell, who retired in 2016. Van den Heever served for the past five years as founding dean and program director for the Master of Science occupational therapy program at West Coast University in Irvine, Calif., where he had been a faculty member since 2009. His experience building that program was instrumental in his move to Brenau.
A native of South Africa, van den Heever earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town and his doctorate from the University of Saint Augustine in Florida.
Now in his 35th year as an occupational therapist, van den Heever spent years in the health care industry before transitioning to health care education.