Western University of Health Sciences is pleased to announce that Shirley

Johnston, PhD, DVM, DACT, has accepted the position of vice president for

University Advancement. Dr. Johnson will officially assume her new role

with the University on July 1, 2007.

As vice president, Dr. Johnston will spearhead fundraising efforts for

the upcoming capital campaign, which will be instrumental in supporting

the University Strategic Plan and the launching of three proposed new

colleges in 2009.

“”I am very pleased Dr. Johnston has accepted my offer to become vice

president for University Advancement,”” said Philip Pumerantz, founding

president of Western University of Health Sciences. “”She established the

College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Western University and led it

through its various stages to become a leader in veterinary medical

education. If her tenure with CVM is any indication, we can expect only

great things from her in this new role.””

Dr. Johnston, who joined WesternU in 1998 as the founding dean for the

College of Veterinary Medicine, will step down from her position as dean

at the end of the academic year, which will be highlighted by the

graduation of CVM’s charter class.

Over the course of her impressive career, Dr. Johnston has gained

extensive experience in education, research and veterinary medicine.

Additionally, she is the first woman to hold the position of dean at any

veterinary college in the United States. Dr. Johnston also is the

recipient of several notable awards including two Norden Distinguished

Teachers Awards, the Bartlett Award from the Society for Theriogenology,

and the Distinguished Service Award from the Association for Women

Veterinarians.