(February 23, 2016) OCOM currently seeks a leader at the nation’s number one ranked acupuncture school. The President will work in partnership with the Board of Trustees, staff, faculty, and students to share and achieve OCOM’s vision and mission. Building on the college’s excellent reputation, our future President’s keen collaboration and resource development skills will help establish new partnerships and bring in new funding. OCOM is seeking an individual with experience in higher education to inform faculty, student, and staff relations and also drive the college’s organizational and business development. This professional should have a deep appreciation for Chinese medicine, a history of contributing positively to a mission-focused culture and strong sense of community.

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Brief Institutional History of OCOM

Founded in 1983, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is a single-purpose professional graduate school that offers two specialized degree programs: Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). In 1989, OCOM became only the third acupuncture and Chinese medicine college to be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). OCOM completed one of the most ambitious strategic goals in 2012 with the relocation of our campus from our former southeast Portland home to the centrally located Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. 

Since the college’s inception, its MAcOM program has graduated nearly 1,200 students and currently has alumni practicing in more than 30 states. OCOM’s DAOM program, with more than 110 alumni, has educated many leaders in the field of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, including a number of academic officers at other AOM institutions. Recently ranked the number one college in the nation for earning a degree in acupuncture (by thebestschools.org), OCOM’s academic programs provide students with a solid foundation in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, therapeutic massage, and qi cultivation, as well as a focus on collaboration between Chinese medicine and Western biomedicine.