Several high-level administrators at Western University of Health Sciences
(WesternU) have received promotions.
“”As the University has grown in size and reputation, it allows us to
direct the expertise of our top administrators toward the growing
complexity of today’s higher education environment,”” said Philip
Pumerantz, PhD, president. “”Our management team will lead us with strength
and vision as we go on to meet the opportunities and challenges ahead of
Carl E. Trinca, PhD, has been named executive vice president of strategic
planning/chief planning officer (CPO). In his new position, he will be
responsible for strategic planning, revenue planning, new resource
development and enrollment management. He also remains as acting dean of
WesternU’s College of Pharmacy.
Christopher Oberg, PhD, is now the University’s executive vice president
of administration/chief administrative officer (CAdO). His new duties
include the leadership of the University’s information technology,
library, multimedia, bookstore, human resources, purchasing and mailroom
departments. In addition, Dr. Oberg also will work to expand WesternU’s
information infrastructure as well as develop networking services to other
educational bodies and governmental bodies throughout the region.
The former dean of WesternU’s College of Allied Health Professions, Gary
Gugelchuk, PhD, is now the vice president of academic affairs, while
Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA-C, has been promoted to acting dean of the
College of Allied Health Professions. Dr. Gugelchuk’s new duties will see
him working with the University’s executive vice president of academic
affairs/chief academic officer to oversee and monitor the activities and
quality of all current and developing academic programs of the university.
Mike Peshkam, PhD, will now serve as vice president of information and
instructional technology/chief information officer (CIO), and will focus
on expanding the University’s digital information infrastructure.
Brian Chilstrom, MA, is now director of risk management and will be
responsible for issues involving WesternU’s legal liability, risk
management and insurance initiatives.
Three WesternU faculty members also received promotions. Alan Cundari, DO,
has been named the chair of Department of Family Medicine in the
University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), while
Guru Betageri, PhD, has been promoted to professor of pharmaceutical
sciences in the College of Pharmacy.
In addition, Roy Guizado, MS, PA-C, is now the acting chair for the
College of Allied Health Professions’ Department of Physician Assistant