Touro University California has promoted Lisa Norton, Ed.D., to dean of the College of Education and Health Services.

Norton has been at the 1,400-student private institution on Vallejo’s Mare Island since August 2016, first as associate dean of that college and then interim dean as of last summer. On April 30, Norton was picked as dean, the university announced on June 5.

“I see CEHS as the backbone to helping build healthy communities in both Vallejo and Solano County as we prepare the educators and health care leaders in the county,” Norton said. “My focus is to lead the college on issues of social justice, equity and diversity both internally at TUC, but also throughout the county.”

Norton was associate dean of the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, 2014-2016. The university’s announcement of her appointment stated Norton coordinated the first student success center at the college to help students, especially those at risk, stay or get back on track.

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community.