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Western University Elects First Graduate and a Former Mayor of Diamond Bar to Board of Trustees

by Rodney Tanaka

May 17, 2000

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The first graduate ever of Western University of Health Sciences’ College

of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and a former mayor of

Diamond Bar are two new members of the University’s board of trustees.

Richard A. Bond, DO, FAAFP, a family practice physician who graduated from

COMP with the charter class of 1982, and Wen Chang, MBA, mayor of Diamond

Bar in 1999, were elected members at large of the University’s board of

trustees at the board’s quarterly meeting May 13.

“”Dr. Bond and Mr. Chang each bring a unique and varied background and they

will enhance the strength of the board as we work to bring the University

to its next level of achievement,”” said Philip Pumerantz, PhD,

president. “”Our goal is nothing less than seeing Western University become

the university of choice in the western United States.””

Dr. Bond is the immediate past president of the Osteopathic Medical Board

of California, which sets and enforces standards for licensure of

osteopathic physicians and surgeons in the state. The board also conducts

examinations, investigations and takes disciplinary action when necessary

to maintain its standards.

He also is a Fellow with the American Academy of Family Physicians and is

a diplomate with the American Board of Family Practice.

A resident of Tustin, Dr. Bond is currently in practice at Pavilion Family

Physicians in the City of Orange. He is on staff at Western Medical Center

and at Saint Joseph Hospital of Orange. Previously Dr. Bond practiced in

the City of Orange from 1994 to 1996 and in Santa Ana from 1985 to 1994.

In 1997, Chang was the first Chinese-American ever elected to the Diamond

Bar City Council. He was mayor pro-tem in 1998 and became mayor in 1999.

He is the president of Topline Products, a manufacturer of auto and truck

accessories, and of Duck House, a company that sells porcelain dolls and

other collectibles.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Chang immigrated to the United States after

college to purse a master of business administration degree from North

Texas State University, which he received in 1978.

He is a founding member of the Diamond Bar Chinese Association and of the

Diamond Bar Chinese School. He is founder and chairman of the Trade Union

Group. In 1999, CAUSE (Chinese Americans United for Self-Empowerment)

honored him with its Citizen of the Year Award.

Among his other affiliations, Chang has worked with the Diamond Bar

Redevelopment Agency and the city’s census and legislative committees. He

is a liaison to Diamond Bar’s neighboring cities as well as to the Pomona

Unified School District.

In another action, Western University’s board elected Member-at-Large John

Forbing to the position of secretary. The Diamond Bar resident – who has

been a member of the board since December 1992, is the owner of State Farm

Insurance in Pomona.


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