For Immediate Release

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

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Touro University California Welcomes New Provost 

(Vallejo, CA – January 8, 2018) – It gives Touro University California great pleasure to announce that Sarah Sweitzer, PhD, will join the Touro University California family as Provost and Chief Academic Officer, beginning January 29, 2018.   

“Dr. Sweitzer’s intelligence, enthusiasm, and talent are exemplary,” said Alan Kadish, M.D., President of the Touro College and University System. “We are thrilled that she is joining Touro.”

Dr. Sweitzer, a Vallejo native, brings more than 13 years of successful and innovative higher education experience to the Mare Island campus. She began her academic career at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine and quickly became a National Institute of Health funded biomedical researcher where she collaborated with colleagues at Johns Hopkins, Albany Medical School, UC Davis Medical School, and biotechnology companies in the Bay Area.

“We are delighted that Dr. Sarah Sweitzer has agreed to come to Touro University California as Provost,” said Shelley Berkley, CEO and Senior Provost of Touro University’s Western Division. “Dr. Sweitzer knows our community and is an established leader. Her experience and commitment to education, research, and healthcare will help Touro’s Vallejo campus continue to grow and address the needs of the community.”

As a young child, Sweitzer grew up in a neighborhood adjacent to Mare Island, where Touro’s campus is located. Her father was a shipyard worker as was her grandfather and great-grandmother. She recalls many weeknights spent racing sailboats in the Channel and San Pablo Bay before leaving Vallejo to journey across the country in pursuit of her career, from her doctorate at Dartmouth College to her post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University.

“What an honor it is to join the Touro University California family,” said Sarah Sweitzer, PhD. “I look forward to serving not only the dedicated students, faculty, and staff at Touro in my new role as Provost, but also serving the community surrounding the campus as well. Having spent my childhood in Vallejo, I am excited for this opportunity that brings me back to make a positive impact on the place I call home.”

At the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Sweitzer had the opportunity of a biomedical scientist’s career to see a compound move from bench into clinical trials. As a National Institute of Health funded biomedical researcher, her research on chronic pain spanned in vitro studies, in vivo preclinical development, and human studies (bench to bedside). This research program was highly collaborative and spanned both cross campus relationships and collaborations.

In 2012, the dedicated academic joined the faculty at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy as the Director of Research providing an opportunity for her to work one-on-one with faculty helping to develop research programs and seek grant funding while supporting the transition of the college from a traditional liberal arts institution to growing its healthcare portfolio. In this role, the first three grants were brought in to support the research infrastructure (NIH BRAD), faculty development (NIH SC INBRE), and embedding of pharmacists into free medical clinics to reduce emergency room usage (Foundation). These programs required development of community and regional hospital partnerships.

Most recently Dr. Sweitzer was the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Concordia University where she helped launch the 3 to PhD Initiative, a unique partnership of a private university with a public school aimed to address health and education disparities with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty.  Her leadership was pivotal in the development of a comprehensive physical, dental, behavioral health center partnership with Kaiser Permanente and Trillium Family Services to serve Concordia University students and Portland Public School students. Among the many accomplishments celebrated during her tenure at Concordia, Sweitzer launched a new hybrid accelerated nursing track, an online healthcare administration program, and a long term care major. 

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: