After a nationwide search, Norman S. Wright was named president and CEO of the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine on Friday.
“The Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine is fortunate to have someone with Dr. Wright’s unique skills and experience as its next president,” Francis Gibson, chairman of the board of trustees at Noorda-COM, said in a press release. “Dr. Wright’s strong business acumen, along with his experience within the local community and in higher education, will be incredibly valuable as the college continues its path to become a leader in medical education in Utah.”
Wright has been the interim president of Noorda-COM since July 2021, and he will assume the official title in February.
“I am deeply honored to have been chosen to lead the Noorda College of Osteopathic Medicine at such a critical juncture in higher education,” Wright said in a press release. “We are at a crossroads where old models no longer meet the needs of today’s digitally savvy students who are curious, capable and committed to harnessing knowledge to improve their communities. I am excited to work with the board, students, faculty, staff and our community in transforming medical education for the benefit of our community.”
Wright was selected by Noorda-COM’s board of trustees after the board-appointed presidential search committee began searching for a candidate in September. Of the two finalists recommended by the committee, the board of trustees ultimately chose Wright, a decision endorsed by the Noorda Medical School Board.
Wright has been the Dean of the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University since 2010 and has contributed to the addition of several new graduate degree programs to the school, as well as raising funds for the new Scott C. Keller Building, which opened its doors on Wednesday.
Before his time as dean, Wright taught at international universities in Dubai, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia, as well as domestically in Hawaii. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in public administration from Brigham Young University, and a master’s degree in management and a doctorate in management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Located in Provo, Noorda-COM is a for-profit private medical school that welcomed its first class of students in August. The school offers students a PhD in Osteopathic Medicine as well as a combined DO/MBA degree through a partnership with UVU.