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How We Work Together

Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) has named Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, MBA, its third president. Dr. Farias-Eisner

Focus on Building Relationships and Infrastructure

President Farias-Eisner focuses on building relationships and building the infrastructure to support our maturing university as we embrace unparalleled potential in both California and in Oregon. The organizational elements below represent WesternU’s commitment to listening and responding to the needs of both our internal and external communities.

“Together we will catapult our great university to further national and international acclaim and pre-eminence.”

  • University Council

    The University Council (UC) will serve as an institutional think-tank to further encourage an environment of engagement and transparency on University matters.

    1. Topics may be submitted to the UC by any campus member from the University. Depending on the number of submissions and the subject matter, the UC may need to prioritize submissions that will be placed on the agenda.
    2. When a submission requires analysis or assessment, the UC will refer those submissions to the relevant institutional or college group/departments or representative groups (i.e., Student Government Association, Academic Senate, Dean’s Council, Staff Council or University Executive Operations Team).


    The University Council is a 23-constituent advisory body designed to develop, nurture and facilitate collaborative, innovative, inclusive and transparent input and dialogue on University-wide matters. The guiding focus of this group is WesternU’s mission, vision, and its commitment to the academic success of WesternU students.

    Representative Group Membership:

    • Academic Senate (up to three representatives)
    • Dean’s Council (up to two representatives)
    • Staff Council (up to three representatives)
    • Student Government Association (up to two representatives)
    • University Executive Operations Team (up to three representatives)

    University Officers:

    • President
    • Provost
    • Chief Operating Officer
    • Chief Financial Officer

    Oregon Campus:

    • Vice President of WesternU Oregon

    Clinical Areas:

    • WesternU Health (one representative)
    • WesternU Pet Health (one representative)

    Other Core Institutional Roles:

    • Vice President for Humanism, Equity and Anti-Racism
    • Senior Vice President, Research and Biotechnology
    • Senior Vice President, Student Affairs
  • “Our quest is to achieve transformative health for both people and animals and hence to create a healthy society for present and future generations.”

  • President’s Organizational Chart

    Effective Date: July 1, 2022

    Org Chart


    Effective July 1, 2022, WesternU will be implementing a new institutional administrative organizational structure. This new structure is in line with that of a mature university and offers a strong Provost model that elevates the Provost and Chief Academic Officer role and empowers this position to align resources for greater integration between co-curricular and academic programming.

    The structure also creates a new concept for WesternU: External Relations, which includes Community & Governmental Relations, Public Affairs & Marketing, and University Advancement. This group will focus on developing relationships necessary to gain the support of constituents (both internal and external) to ensure that our faculty, staff, and students have what they need to succeed. This will entail embarking upon a comprehensive capital campaign to help fund the growth of our footprint in both Pomona and Lebanon, shore up our physical and research infrastructure, and provide scholarships to help reduce student debt. This work will be guided by interaction with Marts & Lundy, a strategic consulting firm focusing on helping mission-driven organizations build the capacity needed to achieve their highest potential through customized, sustainable philanthropic solutions.

  • “This organizational structure is a living and breathing model that responds to the evolving needs of our maturing University and our communities. It will be assessed and adapted as needed.”

  • President’s Engagement & Relations Team (PERT)


    Liaison Officer

    The President’s Engagement & Relations Team demonstrates our top priority to engage with our communities and provides a mechanism to listen and respond to community needs. The PERT will be led by a Liaison Officer who will have a dual reporting role to the Board of Trustees and to the President’s Office. This position will assist the Board of Trustees with quarterly meetings and be a sounding board for members of the internal and external communities. Open dialogue and communication with important public constituencies will balance the engagement of internal and external stakeholders with the Board of Trustees and the University.