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Caroll Ryan, PhD

Caroll Ryan, PhD

American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) welcomed Dr. Caroll Ryan into the family as the university’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ryan reported to the AUHS Board of Trustees on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Before Dr. Ryan met with the AUHS Board of Trustees, she was greeted by AUHS Founder and Interim President Dr. Kim Dang in the President’s office.

“Dr. Ryan will play a decisive role in shaping and implementing the vision and mission of AUHS, advocating for the AUHS’ faith core values, inspiring and supporting faculty, students, and the university community,” said Dr. Dang.

Dr. Ryan was given a reception with leadership, faculty and staff in the 2nd Floor Conference room from 12-1 pm, attended a meeting with AUHS’ School of Pharmacy from 1-4:15 pm before attending her interview with the AUHS Board of Trustees from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Dr. Ryan is a seasoned academic administrator with over 22 years of experience. She had served as chief administrator for California Southern University (CSU) from 2007-2016. She was responsible to the CSU Board of Trustees for leadership, direction and fulfillment of the mission of the university. She helped grow and nurture the university student body from four hundred students to nearly four thousand students with a 40% increase in new enrollments projected for 2016 over 2015.

She has located and oversaw the purchase, design and construction of CSU’s beautiful state-of-the-art campus in Irvine, California. Dr. Ryan ensured the quality of undergraduate and graduate degree programs and services delivered through distance learning and online methodology. She worked collaboratively with faculty and staff toward continuous improvement of educational programs and services.

AUHS is currently in the process of ACICS, TRACS and WASC accreditation and Dr. Ryan is well-versed in this subject matter. During her tenure at CSU, Dr. Ryan ensured compliance and good standing with all regulatory and accrediting agencies and remained current with regard to industry and sector concerns. Dr. Ryan had also achieved regional accreditation with the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) within three years. She had achieved national accreditation and reaccreditation with the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). She led CSU through site inspections by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education with no compliance issues found in most recent inspection. Dr. Ryan led CSU through multiple California State Bar inspections which resulted in successful registration of the university’s School of Law.

In addition to her stellar academic leadership expericence, Dr. Ryan is also a licensed Family and Child Therapist. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with specialization in Sport Psychology from Northcentral University, Arizona, and she holds a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Azusa Pacific University, California.