Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - President

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU) invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of president to provide academic and administrative leadership and vision to advance the University’s mission in education, service, and research. PNWU was founded in 2005 in Yakima, Washington, to address the critical shortage of health care providers throughout the Northwest. With the successful launch of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as the successful collaborations for additional professional health programs, the University is now poised for further growth to fully realize its mission.

The next president will help shape the vision for PNWU going forward to achieve the institution’s overall goals and objectives to improve the quality of health in rural and underserved populations. This will include building additional programs, overseeing the expansion of its campus, establishing and fostering partnerships across a five-state region, and attracting further philanthropic and community support to launch PNWU to its next stage of evolution. As the administrative leader for PNWU, candidates should have exceptional communication skills, a high degree of professionalism, considerable financial acumen, and the ability to represent the institution to a wide range of constituents. Experience with fund-raising is essential, as is a clear passion for advancing the University’s mission in the midst of a changing health care and educational landscape.

Candidates must possess a PhD, DO or other relevant terminal degree with a deep appreciation for rural and underserved health care and education. The successful candidate should also demonstrate: 1) progressive administrative leadership experience in an academic environment; 2) recognition for achievement in research, educational and/or clinical pursuits that would warrant appointment as a faculty member at the professorial rank preferred; 3) experience with developing new academic health professional programs; 4) track record of successful fundraising; 5) experience with interprofessional education and practice; and 6) the ability to build consensus with stakeholders across the University as well as at the community, state, regional, and national level.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae and cover letter and be sent via email to moc.reffeikttiW@UWNPserP.  Inquiries and questions may be directed to Joyce De Leo, Ph.D. or Jeff Schroetlin at 630-575-6177, the Witt/Kieffer consultants supporting this search.

PNWU values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.
Click here to view detailed Leadership Profile
Suggestions of candidates, comments and/or questions about this search may be directed to:


Joyce De Leo, Ph.D.

Consultant, Academic Medicine




Jeff Schroetlin

Consultant, Academic Medicine




Search Committee

Andrew Sund, PhD, President, Heritage University

Anita Cleary, PNWU Library Director

Anita Showalter, DO, PNWU Associate Dean for Clinical Education

Catherine Potts, MD, PNWU Board Member

Daryll DeWald, PhD, Chancellor WSU Spokane

Dennis Fulton, JD, PNWU Board Member, Search Committee Chair

Emily Oestreich, PhD, PNWU Chief of Physiology

Heather Phipps, DO, PNWU Board Chair

Karen Hyatt, Community Member, PNWU Board Emeritus

Melissa Lemp, DO, Chief of Pediatrics

Priscilla Cadwell, PNWU Board Member

Tom Scandalis, DO, PNWU Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine



On-SiteDiscovery Phase December 5, 2017

Witt/Kieffer meets with leadership and others to build upon our knowledge of PNWU and create ideal leader profile.  Witt/Kieffer meets with Search Committee.



December 2017

Witt/Kieffer submits draft Leadership Profile to PNWU for approval.



January – February 2018

Update calls: TBD


Witt/Kieffer conducts aggressive national recruitment process and targets potential candidates; Witt/Kieffer conducts in-person interviews, credential checks, references to vet qualified candidates.  Update calls scheduled to keep PNWU appraised on progress.

Candidate Review


Late February 2018

Witt/Kieffer meets with PNWU to review candidates and identify semi-finalists for interviews (two hour on-site meeting with search committee).

Semi-finalist Interviews


February-March 2018

First round interviews (typically 6-8 candidates) with selection of finalists (typically 2-3) for second round interviews; additional references conducted.

Finalist Interviews


March 2018

Finalist candidate interviews at PNWU with a broad range of constituents and tours the community.  Candidate of choice identified from this round of interviews and negotiations commence.

Finalist Selection


March-April 2018


Once PNWU decides to extend an offer, Witt/Kieffer can advise and/or assist with negotiations.

Search Conclusion


April 2018

Final candidate accepts offer; appointment announced; Witt/Kieffer supports smooth transition.