Five Branches University is governed by a Board of Directors who guide the University in its mission as a leader in Traditional Chinese Medicine education and healthcare in the U.S. and internationally. Student and faculty liaisons participate on the Board and contribute substantially to the development of the University.
Board members have broad experience and expertise in:
- The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine
- National accreditation standards for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Traditional Chinese Medicine program development
- National and California examination standards
- Legal issues related to corporate organization, policy, risk management and finance
- Education and pedagogy
- Strategic and financial planning and control
- International relations
In the past 15 years, the Board has guided the University in the opening of a new campus in Silicon Valley, establishing a leading postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program, developing a postgraduate Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine / PhD program with four leading universities in China, as well as introducing the Doctor of Traditional Chinese and Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine Dual-Degree program on both campuses, while offering these programs in both English and Chinese.
Looking forward, the Board envisages Five Branches University, building on its core competencies of excellence in Traditional Chinese Medicine education and healthcare, to play an ever-increasing role in integrative medicine, TCM research, and continuing to offer the highest levels of expertise in TCM education and healthcare in the West.
|Board Chair ~ Angela Tu, L.Ac||President, National Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine Organizations, USA
Vice Chair, World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies
Ex-commissioner of Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
California Acupuncture Board; National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
|Treasurer ~ Lar Short||Director, Grace Essence Mandala, Taos, New Mexico|
|Secretary ~ Ron Zaidman, M.B.A., M.T.C.M., Doctoral Fellow||President & CEO, Co-founder of Five Branches University|
|Joanna Zhao, L.Ac., Doctoral Fellow||Vice-President Academic & Clinic Affairs, Co-founder of Five Branches University|
|Steven Vaccaro||Entrepreneur, Toronto, Canada|
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