Western University of Health Sciences - Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine

CA, Pomona

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) seeks a visionary and experienced leader to serve as its Dean of its College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM).

WesternU is a non-profit, private university with its main campus in Pomona, California and a second campus in Lebanon, Oregon. Founded in 1977, Western University of Health Sciences’ mission is to produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals, and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

WesternU is the largest graduate health professions university in the nation, employing over 1,100 dedicated faculty and staff with enrollment of more than 3,800 students in 21 degree programs across eight colleges, including: College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Graduate Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Optometry, and Podiatric Medicine. Its Lebanon, Oregon campus is known as WesternU Oregon. WesternU Oregon welcomed its inaugural class of 107 osteopathic medical students in July 2011 and has grown to more than 400 students in two colleges. Occupational therapy and physical therapy are among the newer programs on the Lebanon campus. In addition to possessing program-specific professional accreditation, WesternU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Reporting directly to the provost and chief academic officer, the incoming Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine will be a key leader on campus, heading one of the largest colleges at the university. Managing a team of five administrative executives, the Dean will have responsibility for five key areas: overall leadership of the College, administration, finances, human resources, and students. The primary responsibilities are to develop and advance the College’s educational, scholarly, clinical practice, and public service activities and programs; effectively manage the CVM’s finances while generating new revenue; recruit and retain high-performing faculty and staff; and maintain a positive, open, and rigorous academic environment for the College’s students.

The next CVM Dean will be a leader who has the ability to bring together faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders around a vision for the College’s future. The Dean will also have the interest and ability to enhance relationships with alumni, students, donors, board members, and the local community to facilitate the full range of engagement, from program development to recruiting to fundraising. The qualities and qualifications of the successful individual will include strong communication skills, an innovative vision for student-centered learning, and a deep commitment to the field of veterinary medicine.

The salary range for this position is $275,000-$350,000.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. 

WittKieffer is assisting Western University of Health Sciences in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by February 27, 2023. Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Greg Duyck and Jenna Brumleve at WesternUniv-VetMedDean@wittkieffer.com.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Statement

The variety of unique identities, perspectives, beliefs, experiences, and talent our employees pour into WesternU comprises our culture, our reputation and is the most valuable asset we have. WesternU is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, other non-merit factor, or status otherwise protected by law.