As senior provost and chief executive officer for Touro’s Western Division, Dr. Michael Harter serves as both the administrative and academic head of the Nevada and northern California campuses of Touro University. In this role, Dr. Harter oversees two of the most rapidly evolving medical schools in the western United States, as well as health science and education programs with a current total enrollment of nearly 3,000 students. Having served as the inaugural dean of students and vice president for administration before becoming CEO, Dr. Harter was part of the founding team for Touro University Nevada.
Before joining Touro in 2004, Dr. Harter served as vice dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, where he was president of the Practice Corporation and managed both undergraduate and graduate medical education programs. He has more than three decades of experience in higher education, including 14 years as dean and professor. As founding executive director of Family Development Programs, Inc. of Ohio, he is also experienced in the development and operation of primary care centers and services to children and families.
Dr. Harter’s extensive record of research, publication and instruction has included work in health care finance, health planning, contemporary issues in health care and health aspects of aging. He has been recognized for his work in health care and education by the Clark County Medical Society (President’s Award for Excellence 2007), Congregation Shaarei Tefilla (Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow Award 2010), Nevada Business Magazine (Healthcare Hero in Education 2010) and Vegas, Inc. (Healthcare Headliners Lifetime Achievement Award 2012). Dr. Harter was recently recognized by the 77th session of the Nevada Legislature for his “dedication and contributions to the elevation of the educational system in Nevada to the highest caliber.” On May 15, 2013, United States Senator Dean Heller from Nevada read into the Congressional Record a tribute to Dr. Harter recognizing more than three decades of dedication to excellence in higher education.
Michael Harter received his Bachelor’s degree from Harpur College, Binghamton University in English and General Literature, his M.S. Ed. in Secondary English at State University of New York, College at Cortland, and his Ph.D. in Education from Ohio University. He also has certificates from Harvard University’s Executive Program in Health Policy, Planning and Regulation and Program for Health Systems Management.
Dr. Harter and his wife Carol have been married for more than 52 years and are parents of two adult sons, a lawyer and school teacher.