W. Rory Hume, D.D.S., Ph.D., D.D.S.c

Dr. Hume is a Senior Consultant for AAL and works extensively in the areas of educational research development, professional development for administration and staff, and change management training. His executive coaching experience includes career coaching in higher education, team development and leadership, and coaching for high-potential executives. Dr. Hume is a rotational instructor for AAL’s CAAMP and CAAMP II programs.

In addition to his role at AAL, Dr. Hume serves as Dean of the University of Utah School of Dentistry and as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education of the university’s Health Sciences Center. Formerly, Dr. Hume served as the Executive Vice President and Provost of the University of California system of 10 campuses (Berkeley, UCLA, UCSF, UCSD, UCD, UCI, UCSB, UCR, UCSC, UCM) and three national laboratories. He served concurrently as the UC system’s Vice President for Health Affairs. He had previously served as Executive Vice Chancellor of UCLA and as President of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Following his retirement from the University of California in 2008, he served for four years as Provost of the United Arab Emirates University. He then served as Executive Director of Education, Training, and Development of the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar. Born in Australia, Dr. Hume is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (B.Sc.D., B.D.S., 1968; Ph.D., 1973 in human physiology and pharmacology; D.D.Sc. for published work 1990). He was a postdoctoral research Fellow in the UCLA School of Medicine in 1975 and was then appointed to the faculty of the UCLA School of Dentistry, where he was granted tenure in 1980. He held successive academic administrative positions at the University of Adelaide (Department Chair from 1984), the University of Sydney (Dean from 1989), the University of California San Francisco (Department Chair from 1991) and UCLA (Dean from 1996) before commencing service as UCLA’s Executive Vice Chancellor in 1998.

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The Academy for Advancing Leadership (AAL) is a health and higher education consulting firm. We work with organizational leaders to achieve their goals through strategic planning and professional development. We have helped over 150 institutions and thousands of leaders advance in their fields. Unlike other firms, our clients engage directly with accomplished and seasoned experts to achieve objectives with agility.


Celebrating Almost Two Decades in Business

Launched in 2005, AAL is a collaborative of scholars, educational specialists, and consultants providing services that help leaders in businesses, nonprofits, and academia pursue excellence, the application of knowledge, the discovery of ideas, and the quest of lifelong learning. The AAL team strives to build long-term relationships based on superior service, mutual trust, and intellectual inspiration. We focus on professional development, consulting services, and the application of assessment technologies and informatics to solve our clients' challenges. We hope to get to know you and assist with your personal, professional, and organizational growth.

N. Karl Haden, PhD

President of AAL


Advancing health and higher education.


AAL builds and strengthens your unique value through results-driven consulting and professional development.

Core Values

Scholarship through continuous learning, discovery, dissemination of knowledge, and interprofessional collaboration.

Innovation through risk-taking and disruption of the status quo.

Integrity through doing the right things for the right reasons.

Excellence through superior quality, client satisfaction, and the assessment of outcomes.

Philanthropy through volunteerism and financial contribution.

Success Stories

“I've taken quite a few leadership courses and seminars; none come close to the material involved and coordination AAL. Sprinkle a little genuine interest in seeing us succeed and well intentions and you have the best leadership mentors PERIOD.”

Dr. Khaled Hussein

BronxCare Health System

“The program was very valuable in the way that it gave us some real tools, some real opportunities and ways to evaluate ourselves and our own approaches to leadership and then gave us an opportunity of how to apply that to interprofessional education. I think that was the best … the applicability of the tools that were provided to us and how we can utilize those were just amazing. It was very valuable and an opportunity to evaluate yourself with the tools that they provided to give an introspective look into your own leadership style and what other people thought of your leadership, and that was very powerful.”

Dr. Kevin Brueilly

Wingate University Levine College of Health Sciences

“I think the program was excellent. There were many excellent sessions. They were very stimulating. They kept us moving, very thought provoking. I thought the program overall was well designed, and as I said very thought provoking. For the inaugural program, it was well put together. You could see the passion in the instructors, who were very well versed in the topics that they talked about. I’m really pleased to be a part of this, and as a social worker, I really got a great sense of how interprofessional education can be very instrumental in terms of social workers working in healthcare settings. I think this is the wave of the future, and this program will gain traction in the future. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”

Dr. Martell Teasley

University of Utah College of Social Work

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