Vice President for Research and Biotechnology


Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) seeks a visionary, transparent and experienced leader to serve as its next vice president for research and biotechnology (VPRB).

WesternU is a non-profit private university with its main campus in Pomona, California, and a second campus in Lebanon, Oregon. Founded in 1977, Western University of Health Sciences' mission is to produce, in a humanistic tradition, health care professionals and biomedical knowledge that will enhance and extend the quality of life in our communities.

WesternU is the largest graduate health professions university in the nation, employing over 1,100 dedicated faculty and staff with enrollment of more than 3,800 students in 21 degree programs across eight colleges, including: College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Graduate Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Dental Medicine, Optometry and Podiatric Medicine. In addition to its programs in California, the university also operates a second campus in the Pacific Northwest, in Lebanon, Oregon. This campus, known as WesternU Oregon, welcomed its inaugural class of 107 osteopathic medical students in July 2011 and has grown to more than 400 students in two colleges. Occupational therapy and physical therapy are among the newer programs on the Lebanon campus. In addition to possessing program-specific professional accreditation, WesternU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Reporting directly to the provost and chief academic officer, the incoming vice president for research and biotechnology will be a key advisor and thought partner to the University Executive Operations Team led by President Robin Farias-Eisner, who began his tenure at WesternU in March 2022 as its third president. The VPRB will oversee the university's entire research enterprise, supporting interdisciplinary research and innovation that impacts society for the greater good. The next VPRB will formulate a vision to advance and grow the research enterprise, increasing research funding and initiatives while also bolstering infrastructure and compliance efforts; enhance strategic internal and external collaborations and partnerships; grow economic development and entrepreneurial activities; and serve as a passionate advocate and spokesperson for the research enterprise.

WesternU's incoming vice president for research and biotechnology will be a forward-thinking, engaging and transparent leader, ready to support a campus community that is eager to enhance the university's research enterprise in ways that will significantly enhance the university's future. The VPRB will be a highly accomplished individual with a track record of successful, transparent and collaborative leadership and possess the interpersonal, managerial and communication skills necessary to build and operate an effective research and entrepreneurial enterprise. The next VPRB will work productively and in partnership with internal and external colleagues and constituents. The VPRB will have knowledge of and a deep commitment to research compliance and integrity, practical experience to help translate research toward improving the greater societal good, and the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to WesternU's commitment to humanism, equity, diversity and anti-racism. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success as a distinguished scholar with a record of considerable competitive extramural funding and will be qualified to hold an appointment at the rank of full professor with tenure. More information can be found at

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest.

WittKieffer is assisting Western University of Health Sciences in this search. For fullest consideration, candidate materials should be received by January 16, 2023.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer's candidate portal:

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to:
Zachary A. Smith, Ph.D., Jen Meyers Pickard, Ph.D. and Kim Migoya

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Statement
The variety of unique identities, perspectives, beliefs, experiences, and talent our employees pour into WesternU comprises our culture, our reputation and is the most valuable asset we have. WesternU is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, other non-merit factor, or status otherwise protected by law.

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