UWS Hires Dr. Bernadette Howlett as New Provost

She will also serve as vice president for academic affairs

Bernadette Howlett provostPORTLAND, Ore., June 22, 2016 – University of Western States (UWS), a leader in the education of health sciences professionals, is proud to announce the hiring of Bernadette Howlett, PhD, in the role of provost and vice president for academic affairs.

“Dr. Howlett brings to UWS a strong background in student learning assessment, instructional design and educational technology. She has worked directly with the accreditation requirements of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, our regional accrediting agency,” said Dr. Joseph Brimhall, UWS president. “I am confident that her collaborative style and substantial expertise will guide the development and implementation of assessment and planning efforts within all of our academic programs.”

Dr. Howlett earned a PhD degree in adult learning and organizational development from University of Idaho and a Master of Science degree in instructional and human performance technology from Boise State University. She will be joining UWS from Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, where she served as the chief research officer for three years. During her time at Pacific Northwest University, Dr. Howlett oversaw and/or participated in a variety of academic functions including institutional and programmatic accreditation, assessment, interdisciplinary research, faculty scholarship and institutional effectiveness.

“I accepted the position at UWS because of the warmth and kindness of the people, as well as my passion for the types of health care programs offered at the university. I have a lifelong commitment to helping people maintain wellness. UWS’s programs perfectly align with my passion,” Dr. Howlett said. “Additionally, I am originally from Portland. It’s wonderful to return home, and particularly wonderful to be coming here to work at a place with such an amazing mission, staff, faculty and students.”

Dr. Howlett will join the UWS campus in late June 2016.