Joseph Brimhall, DC, has been president of University of Western States since 2003. He is a licensed chiropractic physician with over 22 years of clinical experience prior to becoming president of UWS, and was twice named Utah Chiropractic Physician of the Year. Dr. Brimhall has served on accrediting commissions and organizations at the programmatic, institutional, regional and international levels since 1998. He is the immediate past-chair of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) regional accrediting agency, a position he held from 2013 through 2019. Dr. Brimhall is also former president of the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE), past-president of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI), former commissioner and director for the Council on Chiropractic Education Canada (CCEC), founding director and past chair of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM), and former executive committee member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH). He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and a member of the executive committee of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities.
A message from the President
Welcome to University of Western States! Since 1904, our institution has been a worldwide leader in the education of health care professionals.
At UWS you will find a unique array of academic programs designed to prepare students as experts in the disciplines of integrated health care. From our world renowned Doctor of Chiropractic program, to our Master of Science programs in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine and Sports Medicine, and our latest doctoral and master’s program in Sport and Performance Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, our evidence-informed curricula are solid and progressive.
All academic programs at UWS incorporate the most current scientific studies with core clinical education, integrating basic and clinical sciences with the art of providing compassionate and competent patient-centered health care.
Our students consistently demonstrate academic distinction, deliver exceptional service to their professions and provide the highest quality health care. UWS is proud of the leadership and rich heritage we contribute to enhancing health and well-being.
The future of health care thrives at UWS. We focus on interprofessional and interdisciplinary education, preparing highly competent professionals to provide effective and efficient patient care and to promote healthy lifestyles. UWS graduates exemplify the skills and attributes necessary to meet our individual and collective responsibilities to society.
In electing to share the UWS vision, you make the best choice available in integrative health care education. I wish you the best as you pursue your dreams and achieve your personal vision.
Joseph Brimhall, DC, FICC