President Joseph Brimhall Elected Chair of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

University of Western States president BrimhallPORTLAND, Ore., August 6, 2013 – The University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health care professionals, announced that its president, Joseph Brimhall, DC, has been elected chair of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). As chair, Dr. Brimhall will exercise the executive powers of the office, set the time and place for commission board meetings, chair the board executive committee, and preside at all NWCCU board and business meetings. His term runs through July 2016.

“We couldn’t have found a more experienced leader to guide us through the next three years as the commission continues to effectively implement its new accreditation process in the Northwest and proactively addresses the complex challenges facing regional accreditation and higher education nationwide,” said NWCCU president Sandra E. Elman, PhD.

“His unanimous election is a testament to the respect and admiration he has earned from his colleagues on the commission,” added Dr. Elman. Previously, Dr. Brimhall had served six years as an elected NWCCU commissioner, with four of those years as a member of the NWCCU executive committee.

In addition to serving on the commission, Dr. Brimhall was former chairman of the Commission on Accreditation, former president of the Council on Chiropractic Education, and past-president of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International. He is a founding director of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, and serves on the executive committee of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the United States Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed. The commission, which oversees regional accreditation for 160 public and private higher education institutions, consists of twenty-six commissioners who represent the public and the diversity of higher education institutions within the Northwest.

About the University of Western States
A leader in the education of health care professionals, the University of Western States (UWS) provides a science-driven curriculum that delivers a solid foundation and competitive edge in preparing students for clinical practice. UWS is a regionally accredited, non-profit institution dedicated to improving the health of society through its educational programs, research and clinical services. Founded in 1904, the university offers a doctor of chiropractic degree program; master’s degrees in exercise and sports science, human nutrition and functional medicine, and diagnostic imaging; a massage therapy certification program; and accredited continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals. UWS is a founding member of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine, an organization that aims to advance integrative health care through education, research, patient care and advocacy.  To learn more about the University of Western States and its academic programs, go to