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WesternU Board of Trustees Welcomes Two New Members

by Rodney Tanaka

December 14, 2006

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In a meeting held on Saturday, December 9, 2006, the Western University

of Health Sciences Board of Trustees elected two new members to the

Board. They are Linda L. Crans and David Sadava, PhD.

“”The trustees and I are pleased to welcome Ms. Crans and Dr. Sadava to

the Board,”” said Philip Pumerantz, founding president of WesternU. “”They

both will bring something unique to the University. Ms. Crans extensive

experience in corporate arena and knowledge of foundations will further

enhance our Board and be beneficial as we continue to grow our programs.

Dr. Sadava’s broad experience in research and academia will be

significant as the University continues to develop and expand its

research initiatives.””

Crans, who retired earlier this year, is a former senior level executive

from Beckman Coulter. During her tenure there, which began in 1974, she

was responsible for instrument and reagent production at various sites in

the United States and in Australia, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, and

South Africa. Her position entailed governing staff responsible for

logistics, material planning and procurement, technical services,

administrative services and facility services. Prior to this position,

Crans led a global, multi-functional team of several hundred employees in

planning and implementing the company’s global enterprise resource

planning systems. The project benefited from her experience in other

senior positions with the company including vice president-director,

program management, quality assurance and support services for the

company’s Clinical Diagnostics Development Center and vice president –

director, quality and regulatory affairs.

“”It is certainly both an honor and a privilege to be appointed to the

Western University Board of Trustees,”” said Ms. Crans. “”I take seriously

the responsibilities that accompany this appointment. Together with the

other trustees and university administration and faculty, I am committed

to advancing the University’s vision, mission and objectives based on my

talents and 35 year health care industry experiences.””

Dr. Sadava, Pritzker Family Foundation Professor of Biology, Joint

Science Department, The Claremont Colleges, joins the board with several

professional honors and extensive career in biological research and

education. His professional background includes appointments as research

biologist at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography; serving as Chair of

the Joint Science Department from 1980-1983 and again in 1993-1994. He

is a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, a

visiting professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical

Center and a visiting scientist in medical oncology at the City of Hope

Medical Center. Dr. Sadava is a member of the American Association for

Cancer Research and the Western Society for Pediatric Research. He

received a BS from Carelton College and a PhD from the University of

California, San Diego.

“”As a professor and medical researcher at a nearby institution, I have

strongly supported the academic mission of Western University since its

founding,”” said Dr. Sadava. “”The quality of its programs and the

institution’s rapid growth are truly impressive. It is an honor to join

the Board in this new phase of my ongoing support.””

“”Western University of Health Sciences is fortunate to add the experience

and wisdom of two exceptionally qualified trustees to help meet the

growing responsibilities of its governing board,”” said Warren Lawless,

chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Ms. Crans and Dr. Sadava will begin their new positions as board members

in March 2007.


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