Northwestern names new Chair of the Board of Trustees

November 07, 2013

David Peterson, DC, has been elected Board Chair, filling the vacancy left when Dr. Kent Erickson was named Interim President and CEO last week. Dr. Peterson served on the Northwestern Health Sciences University Board of Trustees from 1999-2008, then was re-elected in 2009. He previously served as the chair of the Board of Trustees from 2006-2008.

Throughout his career Dr. Peterson has been very active within the chiropractic profession, serving as President of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, President of the Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation, Registrar for the College of Chiropractors of Alberta, and Chairman of the Commission on Accreditation. He graduated with honors from Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1974 and has practiced chiropractic for nearly 40 years in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Dr. Peterson completed a three-year fellowship in rehabilitation in 2000, and is presently working on a second fellowship in occupational health and applied ergonomics from Northwestern. His practice, Active Back to Health Centre, focuses on back pain and overall wellness with a health care team that includes chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, medicine, nutrition, exercise therapy and rehabilitation and counseling. Dr. Peterson has been married to his wife, Nola, since 1975 and they have three grown and married children, and one grandchild.

“I am looking forward to my role as Board Chair,” said Dr. Peterson, “and assisting the university in meeting the challenges of changing higher education and helping achieve the vision and goals of Northwestern.”

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

Northwestern, based in Bloomington, provides world-class professional education and research, as well as comprehensive integrated health and wellness services, to people across the United States and around the world. The university's more than 130 faculty members annually teach approximately 6,500 students and professionals pursuing degrees in accredited programs and continuing education in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and other integrative health treatments. The university, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2016, has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries worldwide.


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