New PC course of study taps director
PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE NAMES DR JOSEPH WEBER AS FOUNDING DIRECTOR FOR NEW PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES PROGRAM
After a national search, Presbyterian College has selected Dr. Joseph G. Weber of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, to serve as Founding Director for a new Physician Assistant Studies program to be established on campus. Dr. Weber begins his service at Presbyterian College on July 1, 2016, and PC anticipates launching the program for new students in the summer of 2018.
Bob Staton, President of Presbyterian College, expressed that “as Presbyterian College moves forward to build a Physician Assistant Studies program, I know that we have found the right leader to make it a success. Joe brings high energy and strong experience to the position, and I am excited about the contributions he will make to health sciences at PC.”
Dr. Don Raber, Provost, said, “We are delighted to have Joe Weber joining the PC family this summer and leading this new initiative on our campus. Joe brings to Presbyterian College an outstanding combination of academic, medical, and business acumen that demonstrates his commitment to developing rigorous academic programs in physician assistant studies. Dr. Weber’s expertise and leadership will be essential to PC as we build on our existing mission of education grounded in service to prepare physician assistants to make important contributions as providers in a rapidly-changing marketplace for health care services.”
In his role as Founding Director, Weber’s responsibilities will include directing the development and ongoing revision of the vision, mission, and key goals for the Physician Assistant (PA) studies program. He will ensure compliance and fulfillment of accreditation standards, and he will support the design, evaluation, and enhancement of the curriculum. Dr. Weber will also work with the College’s leadership team to select and supervise program coordinators, faculty, and staff. Weber will work closely with Dr. Cliff Fuhrman, Dean of the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy, on building connections in health science programs, and he will also work with Grady Jones, Vice President for Advancement, on fundraising and development for the program.
Weber stated, “I am extremely happy to be joining the Presbyterian College family. The strong leadership team, wonderful faculty and staff, and incredible student base make this an ideal institution to develop health sciences programs. The implementation of a new physician assistant program, along with the already stellar pharmacy program, sets the stage for developing health sciences professionals to meet the growing needs of the community.
"Presbyterian College is committed to a strong liberal arts curriculum that develops critical thinking skills across disciplines, and this is a vital component to developing health care professionals for the 21stcentury. In addition, Clinton is a beautiful area, with a warm and welcoming community dedicated to supporting the College. I feel truly blessed to be joining this wonderful institution.”
As Founding Program Director for Physician Assistant Sciences at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Dr. Weber and his team developed all documents necessary for a successful accreditation visit, including budgets, curricula, and syllabi. He also directed the Physician Assistant accreditation for the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Weber administered the development of the admissions process, protocols for examination verification, and curriculum mapping to meet standards of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
In addition to Lake Erie College, Dr. Weber has worked at Beacon Health System as a Physician Assistant in Behavioral Medicine, at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor, and at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant.
Weber earned a doctorate of health sciences from A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz., his master’s in physician assistant sciences from Gannon University in Erie, Pa., his MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and his bachelor’s in management science from Chancellors University in Cleveland. He holds a State of Ohio Medical Board License to practice as a physician assistant. Weber has also served on several boards, including LifeLine Inc., the Lake County (Ohio) Free Clinic, and the Lake Health Hospital Foundation.
Weber, is a native of Mentor, Ohio. His daughter Danielle is a junior at Lake Erie College and looking to follow in her father’s footsteps by becoming a physician assistant.