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Office of the Provost

WesternU alumni are leading patient and pet health across the nation. Every year we graduate an additional 1,300 health science professionals who promote health and wellbeing throughout their communities.


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Office of the Provost

Western University of Health Sciences holds great pride in its vision of academic excellence and values of science, caring and humanism. Fostering and empowering these tenets is the cardinal charge of the Office of the Provost. The Provost for the university provides senior leadership for academic affairs, faculty affairs, student affairs, research, as well as academic operations for faculty, students, and staff.

The Provost works collaboratively across WesternU colleges and departments to corroborate access, quality, and outcomes of all academic programs and curricula. The Provost aligns resources for co-curricular and academic programming through targeted budgetary planning and priorities. Leadership of faculty affairs, including faculty appointments, promotions, and tenure is a critical provostial responsibility.

The Provost reports to the President of the university and, in his absence, acts on behalf of the President. The Provost serves as the spokesperson for academic matters at the University.
Paula M. Crone, D.O. in her office

From the Desk of the Provost

This is a pivotal point in time for both higher education and health care. As we come back together and resume previous activities, we have a critical choice to make at each turn along the way: do it the way we have in the past, do it better, or don’t do it at all. Our communities are questioning the value of both industries and as clinical and academic professionals we bear the burden of justification for what we do and why we do it. Our world is weary, bruised, savvy and determined to be part of the conversation moving forward. The learners coming up are asking questions and inserting their voice in the answers. We must be ready, willing and able to invest the time and resources it will take to build the next versions of both higher education and health care.

I believe Western University of Health Sciences is ready. Not only can we help lead this work, but we can also set the bar. The tremendous talent and diverse expertise within our eight colleges and across our two campuses differentiates our university as one cohesive and collaborative interdisciplinary team. Together we have one job – to educate and train future health professionals to protect and partner with their communities in achieving health and wellness. I have never been prouder of what we do or more convinced of our ability to do it well. At WesternU we are building the future, 3,833 students at a time.

Contact the Office of the Provost

Portrait of Carla Kavanaugh

Carla Kavanaugh

Executive Assistant to the Provost


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Carolina Alirez

Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost


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