About the President - Her Story
Envisioning Success: Sowing the Seeds of Transformation
“Our life is about process – the transformative process – not only about reaching goals or seeking the result. It’s about the transformational experience of life itself that is most valuable and enjoyable, no matter whether experiences are ‘good’ or ‘bad.’”
Dr. Li’s bold decision to take on the challenge of bringing back the strength and vitality of Sofia University after a divisive battle between the former president and student and faculty body, came with an exciting vision for Sofia University. Seeing how her friends in the computer science and engineering fields struggled with achieving happiness within their jobs, Dr. Li believed that the transpersonal values and practices extolled by the psychology community at Sofia, would be a perfect complement to the addition of computer science and business programs.
In an interview with Dr. Li in April 2015, she had this to say about the convergence of these seemingly different fields. “Sofia/ITP has been here for 40 years, offering transpersonal psychology research. [Transpersonal psychology practices] are the roots of a grand tree which provide the nutrition for new innovative branches to grow, like our master degree program in computer science, and degree programs in business and education.”
Like many students, Dr. Li “discovered” Sofia University through a series of synchronistic meetings with Sofia/ITP faculty years before she knew this school would be her next home. When she heard the school was in trouble, she felt that this was a deeper calling that would enable her to make a difference in people’s lives, and live out a childhood dream of seeing the transformative power of education implemented on a larger scale.
Speaking about her vision to the community, Dr. Li shared this message. “I deeply believe that transpersonal values and principles can be perfectly applied and utilized in all aspects of life with anyone. It does not matter if a person has knowledge of the transpersonal self within them, or if they have never heard of it before.
By converging the transpersonal with conventional academic subjects, everyone is offered the choice to live a lifestyle that encourages forgiveness, that offers tools to be stress free, that promotes optimism, and that assists in maximizing one’s potential as a human being.”
Board of Trustees
“Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.” - Unknown
The Board of Trustees of Sofia University is the corporate body established by the charter with complete responsibility for the government and welfare of the University and all the interests pertaining thereto including students, faculty, staff and alumni.
In the exercise of this responsibility, the Board is guided by both WASC and ABG and the following policies:
The Board of Trustees shall carry out certain responsibilities as a Board, without delegation. These responsibilities are, in short,:
- The selection of the President of the University
- The determination of the major goals of the University and the approval of the policies and procedures for implementation of such goals.
- The review and approval of the operating and capital budget of the University.
- Such other responsibilities as law, governmental directives, or custom require the Board to act upon.
The board consists of 9 voting members: 5 independents and 4 affiliates. In addition to the voting board members, there are non-voting members from staff, faculty and deans. There are multiple committees including the Financial Plan Committee, Audit Committee, Executive Committee and Academic & Student Service Committee.
The current trustees are listed below.