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Peter Thurman
MBA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

As Manager of Practice Development at UCSD Health, San Diego’s leading health care research organization, Pete Thurman has acquired professional and personal growth through a diverse range of marketing, project management, leadership, and product development experiences in the technology and health care industries. Other key leadership roles he has taken include serving as a Senior Product Development lead for Kaiser Permanente and a Marketing Alliance Manager for SAS Institute.

Throughout his career, Pete has consistently contributed to his organizations by leading highly complex projects, improving efficiency, and managing strategic partnerships. He also demonstrates success in leading cross-functional teams and developing innovative solutions, which generate new sources of revenue. Pete consistently mentors and coaches colleagues in project management, Lean Six Sigma methodologies, and trains colleagues and peers in career development.

Pete finds it extremely fulfilling to teach and engage students in practical and interactive discussions about shared experiences and real-world examples that help students apply curriculum quickly. He is very passionate about equipping, training, and supporting students in the discipline of project management and how tools can be applied effectively in one’s professional and personal lives. 

Pete holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Pete has been a faculty member at Point Loma Nazarene University since 2015. In the Organizational Management Program at PLNU, he has taught undergraduate courses in principles of management, group and organizational behavior, and interpersonal behavior. In 2019, he earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from UC San Diego Extended Studies.

In his spare time, Pete is a father and enjoys helping other parents build theatrical sets for performing art productions at his daughter’s school. He is also an avid soccer player and sports fan.