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The Health Education Center (HEC) and Esplanade at dusk, Thursday Jan. 7, 2010. The new 180,000-square-foot HEC building on the campus of Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona opened for classes Jan. 4.
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About the Provost

Paula M. Crone, D.O

Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer Paula Crone, DO

Dr. Crone joined WesternU as the Executive Associate Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP)-Northwest in 2010. In 2012, she was named Vice President of Oregon Campus Operations and her leadership was integral to the founding of COMP-Northwest, serving as founding site Dean from its inception until 2013, when she was instated as Dean of COMP and COMP-Northwest and Vice President of the Oregon campus. She was appointed Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer on April 22, 2022.

As a national leader in medical education, Dr. Crone has dedicated much of her career to the success of her fellow physicians. From their application to medical school, to achieving residencies of choice, to advocating industry standards and policy across the medical education community, Dr. Crone’s passion for her profession and the patients it serves has established her legacy as a dynamic and innovative Dean.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that stress has a significant impact on how we think, feel, and behave. It has also shown us how important it is to stay connected and take care of one’s mental health.”

COMP and COMP-Northwest Dean Paula Crone, DO, meets with faculty and staff on the Pomona campus that was video-linked to the Lebanon campus. The meeting is called a huddle.