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Touro College names Berkley to CEO, senior provost role

Democratic U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley
Democratic U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley
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Updated: 12/18/2013 8:34 am
LAS VEGAS – The Touro College and University System announced the appointment of former U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley to the position of CEO and Senior Provost of Touro’s Western Division.

Berkley will take the helm of both the Nevada and California campuses.

Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of the Touro College and University System , will announce the commitment Berkley is making to the Touro Western Division at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. today at the Touro University Nevada campus.

“The Touro College and University System is an institution that has experienced incredible growth and success over the past four decades and the appointment of Shelley Berkley, a person of national stature, is a reflection of that achievement,” Kadish said. “She is an accomplished professional, visionary, humanitarian and leader who has nobly served her country and state.”

Berkley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and represented Nevada’s first Congressional District from 1999 to 2013. She was the first woman to serve the District and held the position for seven terms.

Before her election to Congress she served as a member of the Nevada State System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents for eight years and previously served in the Nevada State Legislature. Her distinguished record of achievements and her national prominence make her perfectly suited to take on this esteemed role.

“I have spent my entire career dedicated to issues related to education and health care and am honored to have been given this remarkable opportunity to lead Touro’s Western Division,” Berkley said.

“As a congresswoman and a longtime resident of southern Nevada, I am well aware of the Touro College and University System locally, in California, and nationally. I share Touro’s commitment to improve the quality of education worldwide and look forward to working with the dynamic faculty, staff and students on the Nevada and California campuses to help educate the next generation of healthcare and education professionals.”

Berkley will replace Dr. Michael Harter in the position beginning in January.

– From news release
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