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    Life Chiropractic College West Appoints New President

    Hayward, CA (August 2, 2017) - The Life West Board of Regents are excited to announce that Dr. Ron Oberstein has been named the third president of Life Chiropractic College West. Dr. Oberstein will begin his formal tenure as the president of Life Chiropractic College West immediately.

    After conducting a thorough and comprehensive search, we are thrilled the search efforts have led to the appointment of such an extraordinary leader. This appointment will create new opportunities for Life West and for our constituents to work with President Oberstein for the benefit of the College and the chiropractic profession.

    President Oberstein has a deep understanding of and commitment to Life West and to the chiropractic profession. Dr. Ron was elected to the Life West Board of Regents in May 1991 and served as Chairman of the Board from August 2015 until his appointment as Interim President in October 31, 2016. 

    Dr. Oberstein is a 1981 graduate of Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia, and has had private practices in the Boston and San Diego areas. He has been significantly involved in professional development within the chiropractic community. He has served as the past Vice President of the International Chiropractors Association and currently serves on its board, and has been extensively involved in state, national and international politics during his 36 years in chiropractic. He is well-known throughout the profession as a passionate chiropractic advocate, a resourceful communicator, and a lifelong humanitarian.

    Dr. Oberstein and his wife of 29 years, Dr. Mary Oberstein, together have served thousands of people with chiropractic care, and constant travel spreading the chiropractic message to the corners of the globe. The Obersteins have three daughters: Drs. Lauren and Morgan are practicing chiropractors, and Sydney is finishing her last year of studies at Life West.

    When notified of his presidential appointment, Dr. Oberstein said: “I am humbled and privileged to accept the appointment of President at Life Chiropractic College West. Under the direction of the Board of Regents, I will ensure that Life West stays true to the principles of chiropractic, and I will serve Life West as we grow into the institution we have dreamed of building together.”

    An international search began this spring after the Board Presidential Search committee contracted a professional search firm to help them in this most critical selection. We would like to thank the members of the Presidential Search Advisory Group, which included representatives from alumni, faculty, staff, and the student body, who reviewed applications, assessed the credentials of the candidates, and conducted extensive interviews, leading to the selection of our new president.

    The Board of Regents, administration, faculty and staff have great confidence in the leadership skills and vision of President Oberstein, having witnessed first-hand his abilities as a chiropractor and thought leader, as well as a board member and Interim President.  

    Life West invites the entire community to join us in welcoming President Ron Oberstein to Life West. We look forward to hosting a formal investiture ceremony in the coming months.  We are excited for the future of Life West under the vision and guidance of President Oberstein.


    About Life Chiropractic College West

    Life Chiropractic College West traces its founding to 1976, when the institution was known as Pacific States Chiropractic College. In April 1978, the first group of students at Pacific States Chiropractic College began attending classes.

    In March 1981, through the efforts of Dr. George Anderson, Dr. George Wentland, and Dr. Sid E. Williams, president and founder of Life Chiropractic College (now Life University), an agreement was reached between Life Chiropractic College and Pacific States Chiropractic College. As a result, the College was renamed Life Chiropractic College West.

    Life Chiropractic College West, which offers a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, is internationally recognized for leadership and innovation in chiropractic education. Life Chiropractic College West is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education, and the WASC Senior College and University Commission, agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education


    For more information, please contact:

    Margarita Ablaza
    Marketing and Communications Coordinator
    Life Chiropractic College West
    25001 Industrial Blvd.
    Hayward, CA 94545

    Phone: +1 (510) 780-4500 ext. 2358

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