President of Northwestern Health Sciences University Dies Suddenly

October 29, 2013

It is with shock and sadness that Northwestern Health Sciences University announces that president and CEO Jeff A. Nelson died suddenly on October 22, 2013. The Northwestern campus and alumni community extends sympathy and condolences to Mr. Nelson’s family.

In his time at Northwestern, Mr. Nelson re-energized our campus and heightened our aspirations. The students, staff, faculty and board of Northwestern Health Sciences University are committed to maintaining the sense of energy and bold direction set by Mr. Nelson in his six months as President and CEO.

“We will work diligently during this time of transition to maintain our momentum and reach new heights together as a university and health community,” said Dr. Kent Erickson, chair of the Board of Trustees and Acting President.

During his time at Northwestern, Mr. Nelson created collaborative teams bridging all levels of the organization to define a Foundation Statement and Audacious Goal: To be the most trusted health sciences university system in the nation by 2025.

A second group of 84 staff, student and faculty volunteers, the Audacious Leap Group, prepared recommendations for how to implement our Audacious Goal. That work is continuing, with the next stage being an analysis of resources and priorities.

“In a short time, Mr. Nelson inspired leadership, trust and a sense of hope for the future of our campus,” said Dr. Christina Frazier, chief of staff.

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern Health Sciences University is a leader in education, research and health care. With an emphasis on collaborative and integrative care, we offer degrees and programs in acupuncture, Oriental medicine, chiropractic, therapeutic massage and human biology. Northwestern serves nearly 900 graduate and undergraduate students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minn. We care for patients at our five clinics, and many community clinics throughout the Twin Cities area.


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