Dr. Thomas G. Fox, whose experience as an executive administrator at five universities and two nonprofit organizations spans more than three decades, has been named Senior Vice President of Advancement at Western University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Fox has served as interim vice president of University Advancement since January, following his arrival in August 2008 as Special Assistant to the President. As the permanent vice president, he will continue to oversee the University’s alumni relations, public affairs, and advancement information departments; will manage the University’s fund-raising efforts, including annual giving, corporate and foundations relations, gift planning, philanthropy and prospect research; and will help develop and monitor the University’s strategic plan.

The appointment also includes a professorship in the University’s Department of Social Medicine and Health Care Leadership.

Dr. Fox will report directly to WesternU’s president, Dr. Philip Pumerantz.

"Tom’s record of success and expertise speaks for itself," Dr. Pumerantz said. "His depth and breadth of experience as a higher-education administrator come along only rarely, and WesternU is fortunate that he will make his professional home here.

"He will be a great asset to the University as we continue in our mission to become the most comprehensive health sciences institution in the country."

Dr. Fox came 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 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.