Diane James has been appointed Vice President for University
Advancement at Western University of Health Sciences. James will begin
her new assignment on September 15. She will head up the university’s
division responsible for developing independent resources in support of
scholarships, building programs, and the university endowment.
“”I look forward to joining a passionate team committed to building
distinguished health-care programs and expanding WesternU’s research
efforts,”” said James.
James added, “”I am impressed with the innovative, humanistic health
care curriculum and teaching, the cutting-edge facilities at the
university, and certainly with the talented and caring alumni who are
touching lives all over the world. I have spent my entire professional
career in education, and one of my goals at WesternU is to nurture
faculty in their efforts to obtain external research dollars.””
“”We are very fortunate to have attracted such a talented advancement
administrator to serve as our new vice president,”” said Philip Pumerantz,
president of the university.
James has a 25-year career in fundraising, with over 8 years in
higher education. She comes to WesternU from Chapman University in
Orange, Calif, where she served as the Associate Vice President for
University Advancement. In the last fiscal year, Chapman broke all
previous campus fundraising records with $24 million in cash and another
$36 million in pledges. James supervised major gift activity and 18 full-
time positions for the division.
Prior to her Chapman position, James served as the Director of
Advancement for the Claremont University Consortium in Claremont, Calif.
She launched a new centralized advancement office for The Claremont
Colleges, a group of seven nationally ranked private colleges (5
undergraduate/2 graduate). There, she generated funds for a new student
Prior to this position James served as Director of Foundation
Relations for Harvey Mudd College in Claremont where she worked on major
gifts for capital projects, research, scholarships, and endowment. James
facilitated a 220-percent increase in foundation gifts over previous
years in the areas of science and engineering.
James also served as Director of Foundation/Corporate Relations at
Cal Poly, Pomona, where she closed major gifts for all of the schools and
colleges. She also has K-12 experience in fundraising positions with the
Chino and Lancaster School Districts and assisted other school districts
launching education foundations.
James earned her bachelor’s degree in communications/speech
pathology from CSU Long Beach and her master’s degree in organizational
management from Azusa Pacific University. She has earned certificates
and credentials in educational administration, planned giving, nonprofit
management, public relations, and fundraising (CFRE).
James resides in Glendora with her husband and their two dogs and
enjoys golf, travel, and gardening as hobbies.