April 6, 2022
From a letter sent to the AIMC Community on March 30th, 2022
“We are writing to share some updates that came out of the March 25th Board of Directors meeting. While we celebrate some new additions to the leadership of the school, our goodbyes to long-time AIMC leaders and visionaries Dr. Shuji Goto & Mr. Yasuo Tanaka have been bittersweet as we wish them each well in their retirement.
Changes in the Board of Directors
On March 25th, significant changes to the Board of Directors at AIMC were announced. As he now enters retirement, it is with deep gratitude that we thank Dr. Shuji Goto for his decades of service as Chair of the Board. As one of the key pioneers in supporting the growth of East Asian medicine in the United States, Dr. Goto has provided inspiration, guidance and patronage for our school. In a small token of our appreciation, he has been honored with the title Chair of the Board, Emeritus.
Mr. Haro Ogawa has also decided to step down from the Board. An AIMC alumnus, we thank Mr. Ogawa for his years of dedication to the welfare of our institution.
Moving up from the Vice Chair position is Mr. David Pacheco, who will assume the responsibilities of the Chair of the Board. Mr. Pacheco’s decades of experience in higher education, strategic planning, and proud record of service to the community well qualifies him to take the helm.
New Members of the Board
As we enter this new chapter, the Board has decided to expand its total membership, prioritizing equitable representation and a diversity of perspectives. This is part of a conscious effort to have more stakeholders directly involved in the important decisions involved in school governance.
To this end, we are proud to announce that the following community members have been added as voting members:
Dr. Glenn Oberman, OMD, LAc., Clinic supervisor & didactic instructor
Dr. Joyce Kwok, DAIM, LAc., Clinic supervisor & didactic instructor
Dr. Robbyn Kawaguchi, PsyD, Director of Student Services
Joyce Wu, L.Ac, AIMC alumna
Nina Jung, L.Ac.
We look forward to hearing their fresh perspectives on how to best support the interests of our community & thank them for their service to the school.
Office of the President
March 25th also marked the last day of President Yasuo Tanaka’s tenure. With over a decade of service in this position, his impact can not be overstated. He has been honored with the title of President Emeritus & with the founding of the Yasuo Tanaka Excellence Fund, AIMC Berkeley’s new Annual Fund, in recognition of his dedication and perseverance.
The board has initiated a nation-wide search for his replacement, and plans to select the best candidate before the end of April. In the meantime, Vice President of Education and Clinical Director, Joseph Davis, DAOM, will serve as the Interim President.
We all know that the health of an individual or an organization is marked by the ability to adapt to change. We are confident that these new developments will allow us the flexibility to embrace a new era of continued success. We eagerly anticipate cultivating the next generation of practitioners and leaders in East Asian and Integrative Medicine together.”
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