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The Designing WesternU’s Future working groups serve as dedicated advisory groups that work collaboratively with students, staff, faculty, alums, and other key stakeholders to develop focused, ambitious, actionable steps to guide the Western University of Health Sciences university-wide plan.

Assessment

The Assessment Working Group will oversee the Designing WesternU’s Future campus-wide assessment project with Rankin Climate. The working group will provide input on data collection instruments and methodologies, review archival and new assessment data, identify areas requiring additional research, and draft action recommendations to the steering committee.

Initial efforts will focus on the WesternU climate and subsequently evolve to support other working groups as their data needs become more apparent. Assessment strategies throughout will be inclusive, making sure to engage a wide-range of University stakeholders and populations.

  • Assessment Members
    • Dr. Suresh Appavoo, VP for Humanism, Equity and Anti-Racism
    • Dr. Nicole Biltz, Instructor
    • Dr. Stephanie Bowlin, SVP, Special Projects
    • Dr. David Dickter, AVP of Assessment, Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Todd Eckel, AVP for Admissions and Enrollment
    • Simone Miller, Senior University Council
    • Dr. Juan Ramirez, AVP for Institutional Research and Effectiveness (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Kevin Swartout (Staff Consultant, Rankin Climate)
    • Student representative
    • Human resources representative
  • Capital Campaign

    The Capital Campaign Working Group will ensure the alignment between Western U’s capital campaign objectives and the Designing WesternU’s Future framework. This will be accomplished through periodic review and assessment of the gaps in the framework from the data received from the Steering Committee Working Groups.

  • Capital Campaign Members
    • Dr. Stephanie Bowlin, SVP, Special Advisor to the President & Provost (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Paula M. Crone, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
    • Jill Ferreira, VP/Chief of Staff to the President
    • Dr. Bradley Henson, Interim SVP, Research & Biotechnology
    • Dr. Mandilin Hudson, Site Dean and Assistant Professor
    • Di Lacey, Vice Provost
    • Rick Leeper, AVP of WesternU Oregon
    • Dr. Mary Lopez, Dean, College of Graduate Nursing (Co-Chair)
    • Josh McFarlen, CFO and Treasurer
    • Advancement representative
  • Engagement

    The Engagement Working Group will strategize and develop methods of intentional, meaningful engagement with WesternU stakeholder groups – students, staff, faculty, alumni, and our communities – to ensure alignment with Western U’s mission and values and foster a sense of belonging.

  • Engagement Members
    • Dr. Suresh Appavoo, VP for Humanism, Equity and Anti-Racism
    • Dr. Edward V. Barnes II, Vice Dean of College Affairs, COMP and Associate Professor and Internal Medicine Chief
    • Alejandra Cervantes-Ramirez, Operations Associate (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Denise (NeeCee) Cornish, Interim SVP of Shared Services
    • Dr. Paula M. Crone, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
    • Marcelle Daniels, Director of the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy
    • Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul, Vice President, University Student Affairs, Oregon (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Hyma Gogineni, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Academic Senate
    • Dr. Beverly Guidry, SVP of Student Affairs
    • Dr. Jonathan Labovitz, Dean, College of Podiatric Medicine
    • Pomona student representative
    • Oregon student representative
  • Enrollment

    The Enrollment Working Group will develop a recruitment and enrollment plan that focuses on specific action steps, benchmarks, and assessment measures to future-proof WesternU enrollment for the decades to come.

  • Enrollment Members
    • Dr. Denise (NeeCee) Cornish, Interim SVP of Shared Services
    • Dr. Paula M. Crone, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
    • Dr. Todd Eckel, AVP of Admissions and Enrollment (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Beverly Guidry, SVP of Student Affairs
    • Josh McFarlen, CFO and Treasurer
    • Dr. Sunil Prabhu, Dean, College of Pharmacy
    • Dr. Elizabeth Andrews, Dean, College of Dental Medicine
    • Dr. Saba Sadra, Assistant Professor
    • Student representative
    • Finance representative
  • Oregon Campus

    The WesternU Oregon Campus Working Group is tasked with ensuring continued success in expanding Oregon Campus opportunities for growth and success, integrating WesternU’s capital campaign, enhancing the student experience, and engaging with local communities by cultivating a thriving community of learners, innovators, and leaders who drive the future of medicine to center the health and wellness of the communities we serve. A mosaic approach that embraces socioeconomic and distinct cultural components through collaborative interprofessional work will be emphasized to accomplish these goals.

  • Oregon Campus Members
    • Dr. Suresh Appavoo, VP for Humanism, Equity and Anti-Racism
    • Dr. Nicole Biltz, Instructor
    • Dr. Denise (NeeCee) Cornish, Interim SVP of Shared Services
      (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Paula M. Crone, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
    • Jared Dicioco (Student Representative)
    • Dr. Mirabelle Fernandes Paul, Vice President, University Student Affairs, Oregon
    • Jill Ferreira, VP/Chief of Staff to the President
    • Dr. Bradley Henson, Interim SVP, Research & Biotechnology
    • Dr. Mandilin Hudson, Vice Dean and Assistant Professor (Co-Chair)
    • Di Lacey, Vice Provost
    • Rick Leeper, AVP of WesternU Oregon (Co-Chair)
    • Thien Lieu, Director of WesternU Oregon Operations
    • Madeleine Takahashi (Student Representative)
  • Research

    Utilizing existing data (including, but not limited to, college strategic plans, Huron Report, Moss Adams Report), the Research Working Group will identify WesternU’s opportunities for supporting, improving, and expanding the research enterprise, including a timeline for implementation and reassessments, to strengthen the university’s research footprint.

     

  • Research Members
    • Dr. Elizabeth Andrews, Dean, College of Dental Medicine
    • Dr. Sebastian Fuchs, Associate Professor
    • Dr. Brad Henson, Interim SVP, Research & Biotechnology
    • Dr. Raj Kandpal, Professor
    • Matt Katz, AVP for Sponsored Research & Contract Management
    • Dr. Hendrik Szurmant, Professor
    • Dr. Michelle Steinauer, Associate Professor
    • Academic Senate representative
    • Research Dean representative
  • University Resources

    The University Resources Working Group will engage with key stakeholder groups across WesternU’s campuses to identify opportunities for the enhancement of financial, physical, technological, brand, student, employee and stakeholder experience, and human capital resources.

  • University Resources Members
    • Eva Badouin, Senior Director of Student Services
    • Alejandra Cervantes-Ramirez, Operations Associate
    • Dr. Denise (NeeCee) Cornish, Interim Senior Vice President of Shared Services
    • Raymond Garcia, Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis (Co-Chair)
    • Dr. Elizabeth Hoppe, Founding Dean, College of Optometry
    • Rick Leeper, AVP of WesternU Oregon
    • Thien Lieu, Director of WesternU Oregon Operations
    • Josh McFarlen, CFO and Treasurer (Co-Chair)
    • Simone Miller, Senior General Counsel
    • Dr. Jess Neumann-Kersten (interim communications representative)
    • Dr. Beatrice Saviola, Associate Professor
    • Dr. Edie Sperling, Assistant Professor
    • Student representative