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Hello Everyone:

Thirty-seven’s a pretty good age, if you ask me.

It’s a terrific time of life, really. Thirty-seven-year-olds usually have found their career footing, seen some of the world, sought out new experiences and challenges, cultivated a network of friends, and started a family if they wish. They’re in good health, make a point of setting aside time to be of service to others, find ways to give back to their community, and have an evolving awareness about their standing as citizens of the world.

So it’s not a surprise to me, as I look around our campuses, that I see all of those qualities reflected back at me. For it was on this very day 37 years ago – the day after Labor Day, 1977 – that I unlocked the front door of the new College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific for the very first time, and officially embarked upon the enterprise we now know as Western University of Health Sciences.

As is so often the case with important events in our lives, that day seems both long ago and like it happened yesterday. But the tremendous strides made over the past three-plus decades, the teamwork and commitment required to make this institution succeed, and the shared vision that fuels the passion driving us onward cannot be diminished by the vagaries of time and memory. WesternU was, and is, a success story, and the fact that so much has been achieved so early in its life is both a tribute to our past efforts and a challenge the future has placed before us: Where do we go from here? What do we become? How can we create the best reality of what we have dreamed?

As our 38th year beckons, we are prepared to tackle and answer these questions with the energy, enthusiasm, confidence, and commitment every successful 37-year-old has in spades.

As always, I welcome your feedback on this topic and any others as we discuss WesternU’s Benchmarks of Value, and our plans. Please e-mail me with your thoughts at ppumerantz@westernu.edu, and feel free to share this message with your family and friends.

My best to you all,