President’s Welcome

Tradition Meets Innovation

Headshot of President Kevin Alexander
Welcome to Marshall B. Ketchum University. MBKU is home of the Southern California College of Optometry, School of PA Studies and College of Pharmacy.

In 1904, Dr. Marshall B. Ketchum opened the initial embodiment of what is now Marshall B. Ketchum University. Today, tradition meets innovation as we focus on interprofessional education and adopt the name of our founder.

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Team-Based Care

The decision to refocus came from a deep assessment of the health care industry today — with the knowledge that the future will be based on collaborative care, where the patient is at the center of an interconnected team of health care professionals. Ketchum graduates will be ready. Here, students study and learn together from one another — and care for patients as a team.

The Future of Health Care Education

Ketchum University couldn’t be more excited to embark on this bold new adventure. The future of health care depends on successful interprofessional medical education.

As a leader in the effort, MBKU is creating the best clinical and educational environment to prepare tomorrow’s health care leaders. With our vision to reimagine the future of health care education, we are inspired to complete our quest to raise $20 million in the ACHIEVING 20|20 campaign. With the help of our MBKU family and friends as well as our SCCO and LACO alumni, we will cement our commitment to state-of-the-art facilities, outstanding clinical experiences as well as the student scholarship and research grant support that makes it all possible. I encourage you to give back today in support of Ketchum University.

Kevin L. Alexander, OD, PhD

President's Photo Gallery

Dr Alexander Testing a patient's eyes at Care HarborDr. Alexander at Care Harbor in Los Angeles — the event's mission is to provide free medical, dental and vision care to the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in our communities.
Drs. Voorhees and AlexanderLorraine I. Voorhees, OD, MS, '71, pictured with the President in front of the Dr. Lorraine Voorhees Student Achievement Center & Resource Room. 
Dr Alexander photographed with an academic colleagueDr. Kevin L. Alexander with New England College of Optometry President Dr. Clifford Scott at SCCO’s 2017 commencement ceremony.
Dr Alexander in a grou of MBKU faculty and staff at dedication of Ketchum HealthMBKU formally dedicates its newest facility, Ketchum Health Anaheim, on August 6, 2016, before a crowd of university alumni and friends.
Board Trustee Dave Gibson, 2016 V-Award Honoree Gavin Herbert and Dr. Alexander tour Ketchum Health.Board Trustee Dave Gibson, 2016 V-Award Honoree Gavin Herbert and Dr. Alexander tour Ketchum Health Anaheim.
President Alexander addresses all first year students in the fall.President Alexander addresses an assembled group of MBKU first year students in the fall.
President Alexander and his wife at the GalaPresident Alexander and the First Lady of MBKU, Dr. Carol Alexander, at MBKU’s sixth annual Gala & V-Awards.
Dr Alexander 2016 SPAS CommencementDr. Ortiz, Dr. Sadler and President Alexander pose proudly during the inaugural Commencement Ceremony for the School of PA Studies.
Dr Alexander taking a selfie with a group of all three health care professions behind himPresident Alexander and Dean Fisher, College of Pharmacy, pose for a photo with the inaugural class of pharmacy students.