WesternU selects Dr. Elizabeth Andrews as Dean of the College of Dentistry

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POMONA, Calif., August 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Western University of Health Sciences has selected Elizabeth AndrewsDDS, MS, as Dean of the College of Dentistry (CDM), effective August 15, 2022.

Dr. Andrews joined the CDM faculty in 2008 as an Assistant Professor, shortly after the founding of the College. CDM’s inaugural class began in the fall of 2009. She was promoted in 2011 to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and became Associate Professor with tenure in 2018.

“I thank and congratulate Dr. Andrews for accepting this coveted position as WesternU’s next CDM Dean, and express my genuine enthusiasm for the honor of working with such a distinguished academic,” said the President of WesternU. Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, MBA. “I think Dr Andrews has the ‘right fit’ index for the job: Dr Andrews is the right choice, at the right time, with the right skills, as well as the right academic credentials and experience, to lead the College in the new era of growth, expansion and transformation of WesternU into a mature university.”

Andrews received his bachelor’s degree in biology in 1992 from State of California Northridge and his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 1995. She practiced general dentistry for 10 years at Merced, California. then completed his specialized training and master’s degree in oral and maxillofacial pathology at University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.

“It is a distinct privilege and honor for me to accept the role of Dean of the WesternU College of Dentistry,” said Andrews. “This is a time of transformation for the profession of dentistry, the University and the College of Dentistry. I look forward to serving in this role with my esteemed colleagues at the University and the faculty and staff of the College because together we continue to strive for excellence in dental education and patient service.

During her time in private practice, Andrews was active in organized dentistry. She was president of the Yosemite Dental Society and a trustee of the California Dental Association, where she also served as a member of the strategic planning committee. His research interests include HPV-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma and salivary markers of oral cancer.

At WesternU, she has mentored many research students and her advice has helped them secure residencies and grants. She sits on several college and university committees, including chair of the university curriculum committee and co-chair of the admissions committee. She is a member of the Tri-County Dental Society, American Dental Education Association, American Dental Association, and California Dental Association. She is a member of the Southern California Academy of Oral Pathology and the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology.

“Dr. Andrews brings a wealth of institutional knowledge, specialized training and real-world experience to her new role as Dean,” said WesternU Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Paula M. Crone, DO ’92. “His work ethic, integrity, and commitment to our students, the dental profession, and our communities demonstrate the qualities of inspiring leadership with a commitment to science and the humanistic principles of patient-centered care. We look forward to looking forward to what the future holds for the CDM under his leadership.

She succeeds Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen, who retired as Dean of CDM after more than 11 years of service at WesternU. He was named Acting Dean of the CDM on February 1, 2011and dean on July 1, 2011.

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Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences (www.westernu.edu), located at Pomona, California. and Lebanon, Oregon., is an independent, not-for-profit health professions university, granting degrees in biomedical sciences, dentistry, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies , podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine. WesternU is home to WesternU Health, where the best collaborative healthcare services are offered. The Chronicle of Higher Education named WesternU an excellent college to work for in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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