Gisele G. Tackoor, JD, has been named director of student services Western

University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).

Tackoor first joined Western University as director of student development

in September 1998. In her new position, Tackoor will act as advisor to

COMP’s medical students.

“”Ms. Tackoor has made an extremely favorable impression with students,

faculty and administrators since she first came to campus,”” said Craig

Lenz, DO, FAODME, dean of COMP. “”I know she will help make medical school

a positive experience for our students.””

“”The students at Western University are incredible,”” Tackoor said. “”Not

only are they hard-working, they are also caring people who become the

kind of health professionals that patients want.””

Two-thirds of COMP’s students will become primary care physicians, Tackoor

said, adding that the University wants. “”to provide a caring environment

for them, so they in turn will learn the importance of providing a caring

attitude toward their patients. It’s all part of Western University’s

emphasis on preparing physicians and other health care professionals who

are not only skilled, but also compassionate.””

More than 1,500 students are enrolled at Western University for the 2000-

2001 academic year, with about 176 in each COMP class. The University is

in a strong financial position, is in the midst of building a new library

and learning resources center, and has strong applicant pools for all its

programs. It is continually adding new faculty and staff.

Tackoor came to the University from RCI Management in Corona, California,

where she was an account executive and foreclosure

administrator/supervisor. She also has worked as a resident assistant

while an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley.

She also is an adjunct professor of business law at Chaffey College in

Rancho Cucamonga, California.

A graduate of Upland High School, Tackoor received her law degree from the

College of Law at the University of La Verne and her bachelor’s degree in

sociology from UC Berkeley.

In addition to her law degree, Tackoor is a certified mediator and a

notary public for the State of California. She also is president of the

Inland C’s, an alumni association for UC Berkeley that interviews

applicants and selects Inland Empire-based winners for alumni scholarships.

Tackoor lives in Fontana, California.