Vallejo woman welcomed as Touro’s new provost

Vallejo Times-Herald
1/19/2018

Touro University California is welcoming Vallejo native Sarah Sweitzer as Provost and Chief Academic Officer to join the school Jan. 29, school officials announced.

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

Sweitzer “brings more than 13 years of successful and innovative higher education experience to the Mare Island campus,” according to the announcement. 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, collaborating 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,” Touro University’s Western Division CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley said. “Dr. Sweitzer knows our community and is an established leader. Her experience and commitment to education, research, and health care will help Touro’s Vallejo campus continue to grow and address the needs of the community.”

Sweitzer grew up in a neighborhood near Mare Island, where Touro’s campus is now.

Her father was a shipyard worker, as was her grandfather and great-grandmother, the announcement said. She recalls many weeknights spent racing sailboats in the channel and San Pablo Bay before leaving Vallejo 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,” Sweitzer said. “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.”

Sweitzer brings a wealth of relevant experience to the post, including helping move a compound “from bench to clinical trials,” at the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina, as the Director of Research at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, and most recently as 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.

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