President, Western University of Health Sciences
Philip Pumerantz, PhD, founding president of Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), is the longest-serving university founding president in the United States. WesternU was established in 1977 as the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP). Its first class of 36 students was enrolled in fall 1978, graduating four years later as Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. Today, more than 3,700 students are enrolled in nine health-sciences colleges and 21 degree programs, and WesternU's alumni number more than 10,000.