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Houston-Brown to join WesternU as VP-CTO

by Jeff Keating

November 15, 2018

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Veteran university administrator Clive Houston-Brown, EdD, will join Western University of Health Sciences in 2019 in the newly created position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Houston-Brown, currently Vice President for Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities and Safety at the University of La Verne (ULV), will undertake his new position at WesternU effective February 1, 2019, following a transition period from his duties at ULV.

A strong consensus pick from a deep national pool of candidates, at WesternU Dr. Houston-Brown is tasked with envisioning and developing a comprehensive university strategy to implement and maintain optimal digital and information technology initiatives, services, and security while also leading other areas of University operations as directed by WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD. He also will be a key member of the University senior management team and the Presidential Cabinet.

“Western University of Health Sciences warmly welcomes Dr. Clive Houston-Brown as he creates the role of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer,” President Wilson said. “We are most fortunate his talent and experience, broad and deep as they are, will help propel the mission of our special University forward. All at WesternU will come to know and appreciate Dr. Houston-Brown’s calm competence. As he joins the WesternU family early next year from our esteemed neighbor, the University of La Verne, he will ‘hit the ground with feet moving’!”

Houston-Brown joined ULV in 1997 as Director of Management Information Systems, and over the past 21 years served as Chief Information Officer, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Technology Services and CIO, and Vice President for Facilities and Technology Services before assuming his current title and duties in 2017. He arrived at ULV after a dozen years at California State University, Stanislaus, where he started as an administrative program analyst in 1985 before rapidly rising through the administrative ranks within Information Technology. He also taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in business computing at CSU-Stanislaus and at ULV in residential, hybrid, and fully online courses focused on technology management.

Houston-Brown, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of La Verne, a master’s degree in systems management from Golden Gate University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a board member for Pomona Hope, and is current Foundation Chair and a past president of Pomona Rotary. He and his wife, Sherry, have five children and one granddaughter.

“I am honored to be selected for the position at WesternU and am excited by the opportunity to join such a fine institution,” Houston-Brown said. “I have always been impressed with the growth and success of the university and have enjoyed interacting and collaborating with its leaders and students over the years. WesternU’s mission and core values resonate with me; I look forward to becoming part of the team and participating in its continued success.”