BINM WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT

The Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine is set to officially welcome Dr. Guru
Sandesh Singh Khalsa in the fall of 2011, when he will become the institution’s third
president.
 
Khalsa states:

  • “It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve the Boucher Institute of
    Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Wolfe, the Board of Governors, faculty, staff and students
    have created a school that manifests the highest ideals of the naturopathic profession.
    BINM is committed to excellence in education in a conscious, cooperative environment
    that supports those who study and work there in both personal and professional
    development. The college is poised to take steps in developing its identity and areas of
    excellence that will advance naturopathic medical education and clinical practice and
    assist the profession in transforming the nature of health care in the 21st century.”
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    Khalsa’s appointment brings to a close the 10-month search for a new president to
    succeed President Emeritus and Acting CEO Dr. Patricia Wolfe, who will continue to serve
    as president emeritus.
     
    Chair of the Boucher Institute Board of Governors, Dr. John Cosgrove, wishes to
    acknowledge the collaborative, inclusive and in depth process the Selection Committee
    undertook over the past year to find the individual best suited to uphold the mission and
    values of the Boucher Institute community. The mandate of the Committee was to find a
    candidate who embodied those qualities necessary to lead and support our articulated
    goal to create a conscious, caring, learning community consistent with the principles of
    naturopathic medicine. Cosgrove states, “We had an impressive pool of qualified
    candidates who brought forth a wealth of experience and abilities. While we would have
    been well served by several of these extraordinary individuals, Dr Khalsa best exemplifies
    our vision of the ideal physician: one who will have a truly caring nature and a genuine
    desire to serve, who will commit to the on-going practice of self-reflection and personal
    growth, and who will have a passionate belief in the efficacy of complementary medicine
    and a commitment to leading our world toward sustainable health.”
     
    With over 30 years of experience in naturopathic medical practice, education and
    administration, Khalsa is well positioned to lead the Boucher Institute through its next
    phase of development.
     
    Wolfe comments, “I am so very pleased to be able to welcome and pass the Boucher keys
    to Dr. Khalsa! He deeply understands and respects the conscious, self-reflective
    community we’ve been endeavouring to create over the past 10 years. Dr. Khalsa will be a
    beautiful fit for Boucher and I know our school will continue to grow and flourish under his
    capable leadership.”
     
    Prior to his appointment with the Boucher Institute, Khalsa was Dean of the College of
    Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Bridgeport and has served in a variety of
    capacities at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon,
    including acting president, chief academic officer, full-time faculty member and clinical
    supervisor. He was also a faculty instructor at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
    from 1988 to 1997. Khalsa studied naturopathic medicine at NCNM after acquiring a Bachelor
    of Science in Human Biology from Kansas Newman College in Wichita and a Bachelor of Arts from
    Occidental College in Los Angeles. His far-reaching experience also applies to accreditation,
    having served as institutional member and president of the Council on Naturopathic Medical
    Education (CNME) and participated in numerous site visits for both the CNME and the Accreditation
    Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. More recently, Khalsa was responsible for
    attaining and maintaining accreditation for the University of Bridgeport, College of
    Naturopathic Medicine.
     
    Khalsa will step into his role as president in the fall of 2011, barring any unforeseen issues
    with Immigration Canada.
     
     
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