Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of Western University of Health Sciences

(WesternU), has announced the reassignment of two of the University’s key


Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Stuart Wiener is now Special Assistant to

the President. Christopher Oberg, PhD, moves from his position of

executive vice president of administration/chief administrative officer

(CAdO) to replace Wiener as CFO. In addition, Dr. Oberg also becomes the

University’s Chief Operations Officer (COO).

“”WesternU today faces opportunities and challenges we could barely have

dreamed of even five years ago,”” Dr. Pumerantz said. “”Moving Stu and

Christopher to these positions will give us an exceptional opportunity to

begin the 21st century with added strength and vision.””

Dr. Pumerantz said he chose Wiener to be his special assistant because “”I

need an individual with strong institutional memory and management skills

who can be immediately available to me to deal with special projects.””

Wiener is now responsible for bond and other financing projects; oversees

the acquisition of properties for the University; watches the

institution’s investments, annuities and trusts; and stimulates the growth

of entrepreneurial non-tuition revenue opportunities.

Wiener began his tenure with WesternU in 1982, when he came to the-then

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific as comptroller. He received

steady promotions throughout the years, culminating in 1996 when the

institution became a university and his appointment as executive vice

president for finance/administration and CFO.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the

American Management Association, the National Association of Accountants

and the Medical Group Management Association. He also is the founding

chairman of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s

Council of Fiscal Officers. Wiener is a finance consultant and evaluator

to the American Osteopathic Association and has served as a member of

numerous site visit teams for the accrediting arm of the Western

Association of Schools and Colleges.

As CFO/COO, Dr. Oberg assumes management of the University’s business

office, facilities and security, advancement, gift planning and risk

management, as well as his current responsibilities overseeing WesternU’s

information technology, library, multimedia, bookstore, human resources,

purchasing and mailroom departments.

Dr. Oberg brings considerable experience in both business affairs and

academic administration to his new position. With a PhD in higher

education from the Claremont Graduate School, he has worked as an

administrator at colleges and universities on both sides of the country.

He joined the WesternU community in 1998.

His experience includes work as associate dean and, later, vice president

for operations/chief financial officer at the Claremont Graduate School.

He has served as interim president and as vice president for business and

finance at Western New England College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, and

also has worked as a professor and researcher at the Claremont Graduate


He is the author and presenter of many papers on higher education

administration, including “”The Price of Information Technology in the

Future of Higher Education,”” “”Innovative Models for Delivering Services to

Students,”” and “”Change is Not a Four-Letter Word.”” Dr. Oberg also has

served as a site team member for the New England and Western Associations

of Schools and Colleges.