After serving as president of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for nearly a decade, Dr. Michael Gaeta has announced his retirement, effective July 24, 2015.

“After much thought, reflection and careful consideration, I have decided to take the next step in my life,” said Dr. Gaeta. “OCOM has experienced steady growth and development as an institution of higher education, and I’m confident it will continue to flourish as a leader in our field. I look forward to my own opportunity to spend more time with family and to explore our world.”

Since arriving at the college in March 2005, Dr. Gaeta has overseen an impressive list of accomplishments, including:

  • Completion of the college’s move to its current home in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown neighborhood;
  • A doubling in the number of full-time faculty members;
  • Success in the Research Department procuring large grants from the National Institutes of Health.

“Dr. Gaeta’s work over the past nine years leaves the college poised for a strong future,” said Peter Martin, OCOM’s Board Chair. “His successor will take the helm of an institution with a state-of-the-art facility, increasing enrollment, and a stellar reputation in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine community.”

The college’s Board of Trustees has established a succession planning committee, which is working in close cooperation with Helen Smith, Chief of Staff, in a national search for OCOM’s next president.