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Sonoran University President Dr. Paul Mittman Announces Retirement

Longevity By Nature

Dr. Paul MittmanOn March 27, Sonoran University of Health Sciences announced that Dr. Paul Mittman will be retiring in June 2025 after 25 years as president and CEO of the institution.

“As George Harrison wrote, ‘All things must pass.’ After a quarter century at its helm, I will leave Sonoran University of Health Sciences with its reputation for innovation and bold initiatives, financially healthy, poised to launch new programs, growing enrollment, and with a steadfast commitment to the core values: ‘We shape the future, we are resilient, we achieve excellence, we do the right thing, and we love,’” said Dr. Mittman. “It’s been a blessing to have a job with meaning, one that aligns with my own values and convictions, and that makes a difference in people’s lives. While I’m proud of Sonoran University today, I know its best days lie ahead to be written in the next chapters of this amazing institution.”

According to the university, Dr. Mittman has served as Sonoran University of Health Sciences’ president since 1999 and achieved a variety of great successes for the institution, including:

  • Transforming Sonoran University from a single-purpose college to a university with multiple programs and international reach.
  • Building strong relationships that resulted in multiple transformational philanthropic contributions to advance research, grow scholarships, enhance education, expand community health clinics and support patient care.
  • Creating a unified on-ground campus in Tempe, AZ by purchasing the Medical Center Building in 2009, building the Lim Commons in 2015 to provide vital educational and patient care spaces for students and transforming the campus Academic Building with the addition of a Biosafety Level 2 Research Laboratory.
  • Ensuring the institution offers options for free medical and nutrition care through Sonoran’s Community Health program and Virtual Center for Personalized Nutrition.
  • Inspiring a culture at the university for those who work, study, or receive health care that embodies the institutional core values of “We Love, We Shape the Future, We Do the Right Thing, We Achieve Excellence, and We Are Resilient.”

In addition to practicing naturopathic medicine for 25 years, Dr. Mittman’s research in the late 1980s was among the first peer-reviewed published randomized controlled trials on medicinal plants. He currently chairs the Arizona Board for Private Postsecondary Education, serves on the Arizona State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, the Advisory Board of Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Alumni Advisory Board, and the board of the Association for Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. Inspired by the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Dr. Mittman helped create and sustain community healthcare partnerships providing free care in Maricopa County’s under-resourced communities.

Sonoran University’s Board of Trustees is currently preparing for the presidential search by creating a committee chaired by Trustee Duane Roen. Dr. Roen has served on the Sonoran Board of Trustees since 2017, is a former Vice Provost and Dean at Arizona State University and has chaired many search committees in the course of his distinguished career. The search is set to begin in the summer or fall.

For more information, visit www.sonoran.edu.