Northwestern names Bronk as COO

March 06, 2015

Education, financial services veteran steps into newly created role

Northwestern Health Sciences University has named Leslie Bronk as Vice President of Operations/Chief Operating Officer, a new position in which she will ensure that the university, its clinics and its research operations have effective systems to ensure best outcomes for students, patients, faculty and staff.

Bronk comes to Northwestern after an extensive career in higher education and financial services, including senior leadership roles at Capella University and Bank of America. She began her career in a senior client services role at Prudential Home Mortgage in the Twin Cities.

Most recently, she has worked as a consultant to the education industry, advising colleges, universities and professional schools nationwide in process and organizational improvements that enhanced student outcomes and operational results.

“We’re fortunate to have a leader and an innovator with the experience and the collaborative approach of Leslie join our team,” Northwestern President Chris Cassirer said. “Today, the job of any university, like any business or organization, is to ensure we achieve the highest level of quality in our academic and professional programs, and ensure that our students are prepared to lead and achieve success in their chosen careers.”

Bronk starts in her new role Monday, March 9. Her responsibilities include developing and implementing policies, procedures and systems that integrate space, financial and human resources to advance Northwestern’s educational operations, clinic activities and Centers for Innovation.

“I love working with a team to make processes better and make people happier,” Bronk said. “Northwestern is a community rich in tradition. The staff and faculty are passionate and care deeply about what they do. We start with that as a strong base. Now, our job is to help Northwestern work better and more efficiently so we can be more successful.”

Bronk graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing and Economics from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine’s University) in St. Paul. She also earned an MBA in 2009 from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis. She lives in St. Louis Park and has two daughters.

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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