FAIRFIELD — Former Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley has been appointed as the chief executive officer and senior provost of the Touro College and University System’s Western Division.
Berkley will be in charge of Nevada and California campuses. Touro University California is located on Mare Island in Vallejo.
Berkley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and held the position for seven terms. Prior to her election to Congress, she served as a member of the Nevada State System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents for eight years and previously served in the Nevada State Legislature, a Touro press release said.
“I have spent my entire career dedicated to issues related to education and health care and am honored to have been given this remarkable opportunity to lead Touro’s Western Division,” Berkley said in the press release.
Berkley will replace Michael Harter in the position, beginning in January 2014.
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 programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health and education.
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