Western University of Health Sciences - Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and COMP-Northwest

CA, Pomona

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) seeks an individual with a visionary and pioneering mindset and extensive leadership experience to serve as Dean of its College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and COMP-Northwest (hereafter Dean COMP/COMP-Northwest).

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.

Reporting directly to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, the incoming Dean COMP/COMP-Northwest will be a key leader on campus, heading the largest college at the University and responsible for the overall leadership of the College, administration, finances, faculty, staff and students. The Dean COMP/COMP-Northwest is an integral part of the University at large in strategically planning its growth and ensuring the mission, values and vision are upheld. The next Dean COMP/COMP-Northwest will need to be agile and innovative to help lead the College forward in an environment with new challenges, such as increased competition for applicants, faculty and staff retention, increased competition for clinical rotations, and different expectations of the workforce and students in a post-pandemic world. The Dean COMP/COMP-Northwest will be overseeing one college on two campuses; in Pomona, CA (COMP) and Lebanon, OR (COMP-Northwest) and will need to spend time on both campuses with a special effort to develop strong working relationships with faculty, staff and students on both campuses. The Dean COMP/COMP-Northwest will work closely with the Vice Dean of COMP-Northwest for oversight of the additional site campus.

The next Dean COMP/COMP-Northwest will have a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine, residency training and certification in a specialty discipline of osteopathic medicine, have nationally-recognized achievement in academic pursuits that would warrant appointment as a tenured, full professor, and will bring progressive and broad administrative leadership experience as a current or former Dean, Associate Dean, Assistant Dean and/or Chair of an academic unit at a college of osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, military or public health facility. The qualities and qualifications of the successful individual will include but are not limited to: effective communication skills, support advocacy, a proponent of diversity, a commitment to an innovative vision for student and faculty research, student-centered learning in an environment where students can thrive, provide excellent patient care and be prepared for the rigors of residency, and a strong commitment to the field of osteopathic medicine.

The salary range for this position is $375,000 to $425,000.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include 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, application materials should be received by August 1, 2023. Application materials should be submitted to WittKieffer’s candidate portal using the buttons below.

Nominations and inquiries may be directed to Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Kerry Quealy and Jillian Williams at WesternUCOMPDean@wittkieffer.com

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