President takes reins at Northwestern

November 20, 2014

Cassirer wants university to help shape national health care discussion

Dr. Christopher Cassirer will be inaugurated Friday as the seventh President and CEO of Northwestern Health Sciences University with a message that the university must play a role in the national health care discussion by focusing on innovative approaches to health and wellness.

“As a society, we understand that we must make changes in how we view health and healing,” Cassirer said. “Northwestern is a leader focusing on prevention and treatment options that allow patients to be their best with minimally invasive, cost-effective and proven procedures. Our responsibility now is to share our knowledge broadly at a time when our health-care system and our nation need guidance and new thinking.”

Cassirer’s formal installation is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 135th Commencement Convocation of Northwestern’s College of Chiropractic, during which Doctor of Chiropractic degrees will be presented to 106 graduates. Bertice Berry, a national best-selling author and award-winning lecturer, is scheduled to provide the keynote address.

Cassirer, 50, holds a Doctor of Science Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Public Health Degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He joined Northwestern from National Louis University in Chicago, where he served as Dean of both the College of Management and Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.

He has taught at Johns Hopkins, the University of Minnesota and George Washington University. In addition to his role at National Louis University, he served as Faculty Director, Dean of the School of Human Services and President of Capella University, a nationwide $500 million educational enterprise. Cassirer’s experience as an educator and an executive leader at non-profit and for-profit institutions brings new skills to Northwestern as it enters a new phase of growth.

“We are preparing students and serving our community with health care that is as relevant as today’s headlines,” Cassirer said. “Treatments that help people live healthier lives through prevention and smart maintenance, and that provide best practices for workplace safety, injury prevention, pain management and integrated care are valuable and needed more than ever. As a university, our duty is to share what we know so we can help our nation and the world find better health-care outcomes.”

Northwestern, based in Bloomington, Minn., provides world-class professional education and research, as well as comprehensive multi-specialty, 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 about 6,500 students pursuing degrees in accredited programs of chiropractic, acupuncture, integrative medicine, massage therapy, health sciences and other subjects. The university has more than 7,000 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries worldwide.

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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