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

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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