Touro University's New CEO and Senior Provost

Vallejo News, February 20, 2014 (Issue 116) 

Touro University California welcomed its newest addition to the campus, Shelley Berkley, as the new chief executive and senior provost of both Touro California and Nevada. 

The former seven-term Nevada congresswoman was hired in December and began her new position last month. Prior to accepting her new role, Berkley had represented Nevada's first Congressional District in the US House of Representatives from 1999 to 2013. 

She also served as a member of the Nevada State System of Higher Education's Board of Regents for eight years and in the Nevada State Legislature. Her distinguished record of achievements and national prominence made her a top candidate for the esteemed role.


"She brings to this position extensive and prolific background in higher education, politics, law and business," said Dr. Alan Kadish, the Touro College and University System's chief executive and president. He added that Berkley "has been a champion for human rights and has a lifelong commitment to Israel and Jewish education - something that is at the core of the mission of the Touro College and University System." 

Berkley's goal is to make Touro University a household name by spreading the word about what the school offers, build on Touro's academic successes, and continue to rank among the top-10 in producing primary care providers in the nation. 

"Our challenge together will be to educate and train the next generation of health care professionals who will be practicing in a very new and uncharged environment," Berkley said. "Our teachers must be prepared to offer the best possible education and our students must be prepared to offer the best possible medical care."