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Joel Schwartzkopf, MBA, MPAS, FACHE 

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health and Well-Being 


Areas of Responsibility 

I serve as the chief executive officer for health and wellbeing services, as well as the chief health officer, by providing strategic vision, financial and budgetary leadership, and administrative oversight of our integrated and multi-specialty care for students at Cougar Health Services (CHS). This includes Medical Services (Primary Care and Vision Clinics), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and CHS Pharmacy. I am also responsible for University Recreation (UREC), where we seek to engage with the entire WSU community through programming that promotes healthy, active living.  

Education and Experience 

I grew up in Wyoming and started my career as a firefighter and paramedic. I attended Creighton University, where I received my BS in emergency medical services. I then went to the University of Nebraska and completed a master of physician assistant studies. I practiced full-time as a PA in ER and urgent care medicine for about 13 years before completing my MBA from Colorado State University and becoming a full-time executive leader. I am a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a former Army National Guard officer, and currently serving on the executive committee of the American College Health Association as treasurer. 

Ask Me About 

  • Social determinants of health 
  • Equity and access issues in our health care system 
  • Ethical leadership in times of calm or crisis 
  • Dashboarding and data analytics 
  • Skydiving and theories of risk-taking behavior 

I have three main values that I bring to my professional work, and which I also expect from my teammates: competency, character, and compassion. That means you should strive to be an expert in your field. Be a person of integrity who is prepared to act courageously to do the right thing. Love what you do and love each other, with respect and tolerance for all.