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Touro University California Provost & Chief Operating Officer Announces Retirement

 Achievements recognized and honored by local government officials on Thursday, June 29 

(Vallejo, CA – June 29, 2017) - After more than seven years of steadfast service to Touro University’s California campus and the northern California community, Provost and Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Hopkins, PhD embarked upon her retirement on Thursday, June 29. Senator Bill Dodd of the 3rd Senate District, and Assembly-members Jim Frazier, District 11; Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, District 4; and Tim Grayson, District 14, of Solano County recognized and honored her significant accomplishments with an official resolution.

“What an honor it has been to serve not only the wonderful students at Touro but also the community surrounding us as well,” said Dr. Hopkins. “To be a part of the growth of this fine institution over the past seven years has been remarkable and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for it. Retirement is bittersweet as the rich history of Mare Island is close to my heart in addition to the incredible bonds forged over the years with faculty and staff who have selflessly worked alongside me on each success along the journey.”

In her tenure at Touro University California, the dedicated leader has been vital in significant milestones for the Vallejo-based campus in addition to successfully recruiting nationally and internationally-renowned faculty. From triumphs, such as receiving an eight-year WASC accreditation for all academic programs in 2010, to the completion of on-campus capital projects, including the renovation of the historic Farragut Inn, creation of a Pharmacy Practice Center and classroom, the opening of the cutting-edge Metabolic Research Center / Student Health Center and more, Dr. Hopkins has been focused on positioning the university as one of the leading institutions in the nation.

Under Dr. Hopkins’ direction, numerous university programs have been able to expand over the years and add degree options to further increase student options. The College of Pharmacy expanded in 2012 to include the PharmD and Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences-Pharmacy Studies programs as well as announcing residencies and fellowships. In 2014, the university added the Master of Science in Nursing and in 2017 the Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse practitioner programs while the Masters in Medical Health Sciences expanded from 15 to 60 students in 2016. Recently, the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS) has experienced unprecedented growth and is now composed of four divisions including the Graduate School of Education; the Public Health Program; the Joint Masters of Physician Assistant Studies/ Masters in Public Health Program; and the School of Nursing.

“Provost Hopkins has played a pivotal role in the development of the Touro campus during her tenure,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University’s Western Division. “Her many accomplishments are responsible for the extraordinary success of the university, and are paving the way for the growth and expansion we will experience in the future. The Touro family will genuinely miss her dedication and passion.”

Under Hopkins’ helm the College of Osteopathic Medicine has been ranked for six consecutive years in the top 10-15 nationally for graduates matching in primary care residencies. In 2012, the program was awarded the HERO Award from the California Primary Care Association for being the institution that produces the most primary care clinicians in California.

Hopkins spearheaded the merger with OPTI-West in 2013 combining the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s OPTI with Western University and Pacific Northwest University therefore increasing the number of residency programs to 67 accommodating 832 trainees. The merger provided a far greater depth of expertise and raised Touro’s ability to remain competitive and continue to grow its GME given the emergence of a single GME accreditation system. The program has also increased its community footprint with the continuing development of the affiliation and partnership with the Solano County Family Health Services Clinic serving more than 30,000 local citizens at three federally-qualified healthcare centers representing those most in need of heath care services in the county. In 2015, the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) of the AOA awarded a seven-year accreditation to the school, with the next onsite evaluation scheduled in spring, 2022.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.