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Provost Search

Western University of Health Sciences seeks next Provost and Chief Academic Officer

November 29, 2022

Provost Search Update

The Provost Search Committee has entered the on-campus finalist phase of the search process for Western University of Health Sciences’ Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Working in conjunction with the dedicated team from AGB Search, the Provost Search Committee reviewed applications following a national search which yielded nearly two dozen qualified candidates. The applicants collectively demonstrated a wide variety of professional backgrounds and academic experiences from the United States as well as internationally. Following off-site semi-finalist interviews, the Provost Search Committee is pleased to bring four candidates forward in the search process for interviews and feedback from the WesternU Community.

Each candidate will engage in a town hall which includes the opportunities for open questions, as well as interviews with various stakeholders including UEOT, Deans, Faculty Senate, Staff Council, SGA, Admissions and Recruitment as well as team members from the Office of the Provost.

The Provost Search Committee will utilize an anonymous electronic feedback form to obtain broad-based campus feedback. The electronic feedback window will be open for 24 hours following each meeting/event and the Provost Search Committee encourages everyone’s participation.

The Provost Search Committee will collate and summarize the campus feedback, providing it to President Farias-Eisner as one factor in his consideration process for appointment of the next Provost and Chief Academic Officer. The Provost Search Committee offers sincere appreciation to AGB Search and the entire WesternU campus community for their support and engagement throughout the search process. We look forward to the selection announcement in the near future.

Read about this position at AGB Search.

Provost Search Timeline (subject to change)

Application Deadline October 7
Finalists on Campus November – December
Offer Extended December – January, 2023

We work side-by-side- To teach, to heal, together.

The Provost Search Committee includes representation from Administration, Faculty, Staff, and Students.

Meet the Provost Search Committee

  • Steven Friedrichsen, DDS, Provost Search Chair – Professor and Dean Emeritus, College of Dental Medicine
  • Stephanie Bowlin, EdD, PA, Provost Search Co-Chair, Senior Vice President Office of Institutional Engagement, Planning, and Effectiveness
  • Raj Kandpal, PhD – Provost Search Co-Chair, Professor, COMP
  • Rosana Bravo, PhD, MPH – Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences
  • Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN – Associate Professor, College of Graduate Nursing
  • Rick Leeper, MBA – Director, Operations, COMP-NW
  • Manel Lopez-Bejar, DVM, PhD. – Exec. Assoc. Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Valerie Quan, OD, FAAO – Associate Professor, College of Optometry
  • Emmanuelle Schwartzman, PharmD, CDCES® – Professor, College of Pharmacy
  • Matthew Viramontes, DPM 2024 – College of Podiatric Medicine Student
  • *Beverly Guidry, EdD, Provost Search Vice-Chair Emeritus – Senior Vice President, Student Affairs

Provost Search Committee Update

  • November 11, 2022

    Dear WesternU Community:

    The Provost Search Committee is pleased to inform the WesternU community of the upcoming on-campus visits of four finalists for the position of Provost / Chief Academic Officer. Working in conjunction with AGB Search, the four candidates were recommended after review of nearly two dozen competitive applications and the recent completion of in-person, off-site interviews of semi-finalist candidates.

    We look forward to welcoming each of the candidates to Pomona with our typical genuine hospitality. The two-day visits are currently scheduled for: November 16th – 17th, November 28th – 29th, November 30th – December 1st and lastly for December 5th – 6th. Information on candidates will be released one day in advance of their on-site visit.

    Each of the candidates will participate in a campus-wide town hall which includes both a brief presentation as well as question and answer session. The candidates will meet with President Robin Farias-Eisner, the five branches of university government, the Provost Search Committee and other relevant stakeholder groups. The town hall and most of the meetings/events will be hybrid, permitting either in-person or remote attendance.

    The Provost Search Committee will utilize an anonymous electronic feedback form to obtain broad-based campus feedback. The electronic feedback window will be open for 24 hours following each meeting/event. Ms. Jill Ferreira will be issuing invitations to the town hall and other meetings. We look forward to your attendance.