A formal investiture was held in the Standard Process Assembly Hall for Dr. Ron Oberstein to celebrate his induction as the third President of Life Chiropractic College West.
Many guests and dignitaries, including numerous family, friends, and colleagues, filled the assembly hall to celebrate the momentous and ceremonial event in April. Local dignitaries, including City of Hayward Mayor, Barbara Halliday and California State Senator, Bob Wieckowski, were also in attendance for the festivities.
The ceremony began with a procession of Dr. Oberstein and his honored guests, lead by Life West student Amit Khimji playing the bagpipes. The Life West faculty and administrators were present in full academic regalia to honor and witness the investiture of Dr. Oberstein.
The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Dr. Mark Zeigler, Life West Vice President of Institutional Advancement. The evening was filled with warm congratulatory speeches with very special keynote speakers — Dr. Oberstein’s three daughters — Drs. Lauren, Morgan and Sydney — and his wife Dr. Mary Oberstein. Each shared moving personal stories illustrating Dr. Oberstein’s love of science, perseverance, and commitment to the chiropractic profession.
The Chair of the Life West Board of Regents, Dr. Jimmy Nanda, had the pleasure of administering the oath to Dr. Oberstein, anointing him as the third president of Life West. Dr. Oberstein then gave his inaugural address to his honored guests.
“It is truly an honor to stand in front of you being invested as the third president of Life Chiropractic College West,” said Dr. Oberstein. “This day means so much to me, my family, and those who are part of this great institution. An investiture signifies, ‘A time-honored academic tradition where a new president is officially installed.’ But more importantly than that — it’s a time for the college to come together to celebrate and share chiropractic and the Life West story. Because in reality, we are here to celebrate and honor this phenomenal institution and the role it plays in serving humanity.”
Dr. Oberstein thanked the administration, faculty, and staff at Life West. “They are the ones who bring ‘life’ to the name Life Chiropractic College West.” He also extended his gratitude to former predecessors, Dr. Gerry Clum and Dr. Brian Kelly — for helping build the powerful foundation of Life West.
The investiture culminated with a musical performance by vocalist Michelle Jordan and pianist Vanessa Wynn, performing “God Is”.
A reception followed the ceremony at the Hayward City Hall to celebrate this momentous day.