This year marks the 30th Anniversary of WesternU. “”Continuing the legacy
of excellence through learning and discovery”” is the University’s theme
for this landmark anniversary. We invite alumni, students, faculty and
friends of the University to celebrate with us. The University will host
several events throughout its anniversary year to recognize our dynamic
alumni, our diverse student body and the contributions of the Board of
Trustees, University partners and friends over the last three decades.
These events will also showcase significant development plans the
University has for expansion in the coming years.
Over the last few weeks, we have set the tone not only for the
celebration of our 30th Anniversary, but also for the commitment and
spirit we will apply to our program development and the University’s
growth over the next 30 years. Three educators have been appointed as
founding deans for the three respective programs WesternU plans to open
by 2009. In December, James J. Koelbl, DDS, MS, MJ, was selected as the
Founding Dean for College of Dental Medicine. This week, Lawrence B.
Harkless, DPM, was appointed as the Founding Dean for the College of
Podiatric Medicine, and Elizabeth Hoppe, OD, MPH, DrPH, was named as the
Founding Dean for the College of Optometry. The University has
entered the initial planning phase of program development and will be
applying for accreditation with the respective professional governing
agencies for these programs and with the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges (WASC).
“”Upon opening the three new colleges, Western University of Health
Sciences will be one of the most comprehensive academic health science
centers in the nation,”” said Steven Wartman, MD, PhD, president of the
Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC). “”Bringing on three new
founding deans of professional schools at one time is unprecedented in
higher education. This is a bold action that is consistent with Western
University’s historical development. WesternU is one of America’s
leading universities admired for its vision, innovation and education.
The three new programs will reflect the core values of the University;
the discipline of learning and the art of caring.””
Year after year we have built a rich tradition of academic excellence and
achievements. The president and the Board of Trustees invite you to join
us in celebrating these accomplishments and to partner with us as we
continue to grow and expand over the next 30 years.
We look forward to continuing the legacy of excellence through learning
For more information on the newly appointed deans, the University
Strategic Plan or Western University of Health Sciences, please visit