Yo San University Presidential Transition Announcement

April 15, 2014

Dear Yo San University Community,

The Board of Trustees’ search for the next President of Yo San University has come to a successful conclusion. I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lois Green who, as President, will bring to Yo San University more than three decades of combined experience in healthcare management and graduate education. Lois will officially join us on May 19th, allowing for a smooth transition with Larry Ryan, who will retire by June 1st.  

As an educational leader and clinical associate professor in USC’s Price School of Public Policy, Lois was deeply engaged in health program administration, student and faculty affairs, and curriculum development for nearly a dozen years. Among accomplishments at USC, she spearheaded the creation and successful launch of an Executive Master of Health Administration degree program, and significantly expanded involvement of health alumni and the external professional community. She possesses a strong background in grants and applied research, and will maintain a research affiliation with USC’s Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management. In addition to her work at USC, Lois previously taught at UCLA, UC-Irvine, and UC-San Francisco. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health.


Lois was a founder and is principal of a healthcare consulting practice focused on leadership, strategy, program development and implementation. She previously held senior executive positions with two large Southern California integrated health systems and a large healthcare trade association. A long-standing advocate of the integration of Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lois is greatly looking forward to exploring opportunities for stronger collaboration.    

I want to express a special thank you to Board members, Mary Flaherty, search committee chair, and Phillip Christman, who led the screening process. Thank you also to Dr. Dao, Sum-Yee Wang, and Dr. Margo DeLeaver. They, along with me, rounded out the search committee. 

On April 29th, Ms. Green will be introduced to the Yo San University staff and greeted by the Board of Trustees, as we also recognize and honor the extraordinary contributions of Dr. Ryan.  Please join me in welcoming Lois to the Yo San University Community, and in expressing our heartfelt appreciation to Larry. He leaves a remarkable legacy, the foundation on which we will build, together, as the University embarks on its next 25 years of excellence.   



Mao Shing Ni, DOM, PhD, ABAAHP, L.Ac.

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Position of President

The Board of Trustees of Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (YSU) invites applications for the position of President.  The Board seeks a dynamic, creative, and skillful leader with vision and integrity who can build upon the success of the outgoing president and actualize the Strategic Plan developed by the Board.

Founded in 1989 and located in the eclectic west Los Angeles area, California, Yo San University is a non-profit private higher education institution which confers both Master’s and Doctoral degrees.  The University currently serves approximately 220 students, 202 in the four-year Master’s program and 18 in the two-year Doctoral program.  The University also operates a community teaching clinic where students  practice acupuncture and herbal medicine in conjunction with their course work.

As the University’s chief executive officer, the President is responsible for implementing the Strategic Plan and effective management of the institution; sustaining and enhancing the institution’s mission and overall operations while fostering and building upon the existing traditions, distinctiveness, and strengths of the University; providing overall leadership and direct supervision of the deans and administrators; working with a wide range of internal and external constituents, especially Luminaries and donors; providing leadership in the development of high-quality academic programs;  overseeing the University fiscal planning; and securing external resources through grants and fund-raising activities.

The successful candidate must have an earned doctoral degree.  Preferred candidates should have demonstrated substantive experience in both professional practice and higher education administration.  Higher education experience must include hands-on accreditation/self-study and evidence document preparation with special focus on overseeing the planning and actualization of assessment loops at all levels of University operations.  The successful candidate will have worked closely with one or more governing boards, preferably in higher education and/or healthcare environments, to actualize mission and to document the achievement of measurable competency based outcome objectives.  He/she must possess energy and integrity, a commitment to student learning, growth and development as well as the intellectual, analytical, spiritual, and personal qualities for embracing and advancing existing and new University programs, enhancing academic facilities, and building partnerships with medical establishments, government and philanthropic organizations.  He/she must also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills; a strong commitment to advancing the use of technology; the ability to sustain and enhance the fiscal integrity of the University; recruit, retain and evaluate a competent administration, faculty and staff; and work in a complex and dynamic environment with flexibility and humor.

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For best considerations, please submit materials before January 31, 2014.  Applicants should include a letter explaining relevant experience, curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of minimum three professional or business references.  Applications will be kept confidential, should be sent by email to:


Yo San University Presidential Search


The Board of Trustees expects to make an appointment by June 2014 with an immediate reporting date.

Yo San University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Letter to the Community from Dr. Larry Ryan Minimize

November 15, 2013        

Dear Members of the Yo San University Community,

It is with great confidence in the future of Yo San University that I announce my retirement from the position of President of Yo San University effective not later than June 1, 2014.  

These five years of service to Yo San University constitute a time of stimulation, growth, learning and great satisfaction. I have had the pleasure of collaborating with the our founders, Dr. Mao, Dr. Dao and Sum-Yee Wang, the other members of the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, students, alumni, our Board of Luminaries and other diverse community constituents in facilitating the growth, development and refinement of all University programs, support systems and facilities.   It is only through your involvement and valued input and feedback that the university has continued to develop productively as indicated by a number of milestones including, among others, the following:

  • Significant (60%) enrollment growth  
  • Re-accreditation of the MATCM Program
  • Implementation and accreditation of the doctoral program
  • Significant facilities improvement projects, including the addition of several classrooms, library relocation/expansion, clinic expansion, student lounge, faculty lounge and women’s rest room upgrades, the introduction of Smart Board instructional technology in all classrooms, and the relocation of the YSU Administrative Offices.
  • The Initiation of several significant scholarship and student assistance programs
  • The award of a number of private foundation grants to support externship and technology initiatives
  • The establishment of infrastructures and processes including the IRB  to support student and faculty research
  • Development of the Alumni Association

The Board of Trustees has initiated a search process for a new President, and that search process will go public in the next few days.   I am confident that with the wisdom and resources of the Board along with your input, a new leader will be appointed who will take the University to its next levels of excellence.


Lawrence J. Ryan, Ph.D.


Letter to the Community from Dr. Mao Shing Ni Minimize

November 15, 2013

Dear Yo San University Community,

The Board of Trustees expresses its sincere gratitude and appreciation for the quality stewardship and service that Larry Ryan has invested in Yo San University for the past five years.    While we are sad for Yo San that Larry is retiring, we are also happy for his well-deserved retirement and wish him well in the next stages of his life path. 

This letter announces our search for the next President of Yo San University.   The Board of Trustees is aware that because of its current academic and fiscal growth, development and stability, the University is well positioned to attract high quality applicants for the job of President.  Consistent with the University charter, the Board of Trustees has responsibility for the hiring and evaluation of the University’s chief executive officer.   We have prepared a detailed position description and a list of qualifications.  Those documents and application procedures will be advertised widely and posted on our website in the next few days .  In brief, the new President of Yo San University will be a person who demonstrates the potential to take the University to its next level of excellence.  Board member, Mary Flaherty, has generously volunteered to serve as the chair of the search committee.   Mary recently completed a term as the Chair of the Board of St. John’s Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica.  In that role she was involved in a number of searches for key leadership positions.   Her background also includes having served as the Chair of the Board of Marymount High School, a term which engaged her leadership skills in the search or a new Head of School. 

The search process will include initial screening by professional search consultants.   The process will include a systematic assessment of each applicant’s background and potential fit for the position.   The input of students, faculty and staff members, and other community constituents will be an important part of the process.   We are confident that a new President will be identified and in place not later than late May 2014 allowing for some overlap with Larry Ryan prior to his retirement effective June 1, 2014.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any trustee if you have further questions.  I look forward to collaborating with all University constituents in this important process in order to ensure a smooth transition.



Mao Shing Ni, DOM, PhD, ABAAHP, L.Ac.

Chair of the Board of Trustees

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