For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101

Touro University Appoints New Dean for the College of Education and Health Sciences

Vallejo, CA (May 29, 2018): The Search Committee didn’t have to look far to find its new Dean for the College of Education and Health Sciences (CEHS). On April 30, Provost Sarah Sweitzer, announced the appointment of Dr. Lisa Norton (nee Palacios), Ed.D, who came to Touro University California (TUC) as Associate Dean and has held the position as Interim Dean since last summer. 

Dr. Norton joined the College of Education and Health Sciences in 2016 during a time of great transition for the institution. She has dedicated her time to connecting CEHS and TUC with the city and regional community by expanding upon existing relationships and facilitating new partnerships. Dr. Norton is passionate about building relationships with the local community especially when it comes to addressing social issues. "I see CEHS as the backbone to helping build healthy communities in both Vallejo and Solano County as we prepare the educators and health care leaders in the county.  My focus is to lead the college on issues of social justice, equity and diversity both internally at TUC, but also throughout the county,” said Dr. Norton. 

Dr. Norton also believes in collaborating with CEHS staff and faculty to generate new ideas that will help promote CEHS’s continued growth and expansion. “We sincerely have the most amazing faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners at TUC and I am excited to develop a shared vision for our academic college and be agents of change in the communities we serve." 

Dr. Norton was previously the Associate Dean of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she coordinated the first student success center in the College of Education and Health Professions to help students, especially those at risk, stay or get back on track. Provost Sweitzer stated that she is, “looking forward to Dr. Norton’s continued advocacy on behalf of CEHS students, our programs and within the Vallejo and Solano County Communities.”

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 or call 707-638-5200.