Gala Reception Culminates Presidential Transition
Wednesday May 21, 2014 was a blue ribbon day for Yo San University as the community held a gala reception to bid farewell to retiring President, Dr. Lawrence Ryan and to welcome incoming President, Lois Green. Over one hundred members of the Yo San University student body, faculty and staff joined members of the University’s Board of Trustees in the Qi studio for the late afternoon event.
Wednesday May 21, 2014 was a blue ribbon day for Yo San University as the community held a gala reception to bid farewell to retiring President, Dr. Lawrence Ryan and to welcome incoming President, Lois Green. Over one hundred members of the Yo San University student body, faculty and staff joined members of the University’s Board of Trustees in the Qi studio for the late afternoon event. After informal networking and delicious refreshments, Yo San University Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Mao Shing Ni, initiated the event program by commending the Board of Trustees Search Committee on the successful completion of a thorough recruitment, screening and vetting processes. Dr. Mao formally introduced Lois Green as the new President of Yo San University.
In his welcoming words, Dr. Mao highlighted Lois’ extensive background in educational leadership, research and fund raising, detailing her most recent service at the University of Southern California. Dr. Mao added that among Lois Green’s numerous community connections is her spouse Don Lee, who has been a frequent Yo San faculty member, and who is also the recently elected President of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. In her address Lois expressed her appreciation to the Board and members of the Search Committee for their confidence in her abilities to serve in the University’s top leadership position. The new President promised to work closely with all University constituents to advance the institution to the next levels of excellence. Board Member and University Co-Founder, Dr. Daoshing Ni, shared words of appreciation for the five years of dedicated service completed by outgoing President, Dr. Larry Ryan, and asked him to share some final words. In his address, Larry Ryan recapped a number of milestones spanning five years of collaborations with students faculty, staff and board members with special focus on significant interactions with the University’s accreditors, expansion project workers, and fund raising event celebrities. Larry added that especially after these interactions he sought the solace and meditative atmosphere of the University’s library to restore his Qi. Dr. Ryan thanked all constituents for their consistent support and care for Yo San University. A unique sculpture gift was presented to Dr. Ryan by the Board of Trustees, and a memory and photo album was presented by Yo San university Student Association officers, Pei-Jen chu and Alec Bridges. The group relocated to the third floor lobby area where the unveiling of the plaque indicating the dedication of the Lawrence J. Ryan, Ph. D. Learning Resource Center took place. The afternoon gala ended with abundant picture taking and greetings with both the former and new Presidents.