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