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Fox named special assistant to president

by Rodney Tanaka

June 18, 2008

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POMONA, Calif. – Dr. Thomas G. Fox, an executive administrator at four universities and two nonprofit organizations over the past 35 years, has been named Special Assistant to the President of Western University of Health Sciences.

In his new role, Dr. Fox will oversee and monitor development of the University’s 10-year strategic plan; assist in monitoring and ensuring that all Western Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation criteria are met; develop and help implement fund-raising strategies; and serve as a member of the University President’s Council.

He will report directly to Dr. Philip Pumerantz, president of Western University of Health Sciences, beginning July 1.

“He will be a great asset to me and the University as we carry out the bold vision of becoming the most comprehensive health sciences institution in the country,” Dr. Pumerantz said.

Dr. Fox comes to Western University of Health Sciences after a five-year stint as Senior Vice President for Advancement at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla., named one of America’s best colleges in U.S. News and World Report.

He previously served as Senior Vice President for Advancement and Sponsored Programs at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W. Va.; as Vice President for Development and Public Affairs at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland; and as Executive Vice President of University Health System of New Jersey.

His experience in nonprofit organizations includes four years (1996-2000) as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Operation Smile, a Norfolk, Va,-based international organization whose volunteer physicians annually perform more than 7,000 surgeries to repair childhood facial deformities. From 1994-96, Dr. Fox was President and Chief Executive Officer at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., the sixth most-visited science center in the United States.

Dr. Fox earned his doctoral degree at the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and his master’s degree at the University of Vermont. He and his wife, Mary Patricia, have three children.

Western University of Health Sciences ( ) in Pomona, Calif., is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in health sciences, nursing, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies and veterinary medicine. In 2009, the university will admit students to new degree programs in dentistry, optometry, podiatry and biomedical sciences.


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