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Meet the President

Caroll Ryan, PhD
University President and CEO

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I am pleased to welcome you to the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS). Whether you are visiting AUHS for the first time as a prospective student or checking in on us as one of our active students or alumni, I trust you will find in these pages the information that reflects our deep commitment to academic success.

For more than 23 years AUHS has been transforming the lives of our students and the communities we serve by providing a high-quality, relevant education in the health sciences.
AUHS is committed to serving students of diverse backgrounds and prepares them to make a positive impact on society through the provision of exceptional quality patient-centered care. This is accomplished through the creation of a strong and caring academic environment where excellence, diversity, and the development of the entire person—mind, body and spirit—is addressed and where teaching/learning, research, service and scholarship is valued and supported. AUHS students are encouraged to make powerful, life-long connections as they engage in their communities and with a diverse population of students

I look forward to meeting you! It is an honor to welcome you to AUHS and I wish you a very enriching scholastic experience.


Caroll Ryan, PhD

Dr. Carol Ryan is an accomplished hands-on leader with more than 24 years of experience in higher education serving in executive, administrative, academic, and instructional capacities. She has been instrumental in developing and launching new academic programs, and has successfully lead numerous accreditation efforts with regional, national, and programmatic accrediting bodies. She was appointed by the AUHS Board of Trustees in 2017 to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Ryan is active in several professional organizations. She has served on numerous accreditation teams as an educational standards evaluator and subject matter expert for DEAC and was a member of the Research and Educational Standards sub-Committee and the Appeals Panel. She chairs WASC accreditation visits.

Dr. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University at Fullerton, a Master of Arts from Azusa Pacific University, and a PhD from Northcentral University.