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Senior Administrator at Western University of Health Sciences Announces Retirement

by Rodney Tanaka

January 16, 2004

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Dr. George Charney (66), executive vice president for academic

affairs and chief operating officer of Western University of Health

Sciences has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2004. Charney

concludes a 42 year career as an osteopathic physician, hospital

administrator, and educator.

“”I have sincerely appreciated my stay at Western University and

enjoyed my affiliation with the many extraordinary people within the

university family. I am proud of the growth and development of the

university during my watch and look forward to following the future

enhancements,”” said Charney.

During his seven years at Western University he watched the

Health Professions Center being built housing the College of Osteopathic

Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and the Colleges of Graduate Nursing and

Pharmacy. The Pumerantz Library was built and this academic year the

College of Veterinary Medicine was opened with its first class in a new

building on the 22 acre university campus. The university also includes

the College of Allied Health Professions. The university has a student

enrollment of 1,545.

Philip Pumerantz, president of Western University said, “”Dr.

Charney’s efforts on behalf of the university are much appreciated.

During his tenure, Western University has grown, developed, and matured.

Dr. Charney’s energy, intellect, and loyalty have been unequalled.””

Shirley D. Johnston, PhD, DVM, dean of the College of Veterinary

Medicine, said, “”The College of Veterinary Medicine opened during the

years of Dr. Charney’s leadership as Executive Vice President of Academic

Affairs. I am very grateful for his wisdom, guidance, and support during

these formative years for the college.””

Kay Kalousek, DO, assistant professor of family medicine and

chair of the COMP curriculum committee said, “”As a DO (Doctor of

Osteopathic Medicine) physician interested in academic medicine, Dr.

Charney has been an inspiration to me showing ways that physicians can

train future DOs. He has always demonstrated an interest in our projects

in family medicine and is always available for guidance.””

“”I first met Dr. Charney when he assisted Dr. Pumerantz in

teaching the master of health science program here at Western

University,”” said Nancy Nielson-Brown, PA-C, assistant professor in the

Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Allied Health Professions.

He was approachable and engaged in teaching this course. Dr. Charney is

committed to the university, to developing faculty and leaders in the

profession. He is always willing to go the extra mile for students.””

Charney, a native of Brooklyn, New York, trained as an

osteopathic physician at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

and specialized in anesthesiology. He began his career as a family

practice physician and went on to become a hospital administrator

including ten years as medical director and chief medical officer at

Kennedy Memorial Hospital University Medical Center in Stratford, New


Charney joined the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

at Western University in 1997 as Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and

Research. He became Vice Dean of COMP in 1999 and was promoted to the

Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Operating Officer

later that year. The deans of the five colleges and the dean of student

affairs report to Charney along with the Vice President of Advancement.

Charney’s duties will change on January 20 as he becomes Special

Assistant to the President to work on a number of projects at the

university before he retires. Ben Cohen, DO, Interim Dean of COMP, will

take on a dual role as Interim Dean and as the Interim Chief Academic

Officer and Chief Operating Officer until both positions are filled.


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