Northwestern names HR VP

June 02, 2015

Gale brings experience in higher education, health care

Northwestern Health Sciences University has named Mary Gale as Vice President of Human Resources, a new position in which she will work with all members of the university community on employment, benefits, compliance and management responsibilities as well as play a key role in creating a healthy culture-based strategy to ensure the school’s strength.

Gale comes to Northwestern with a background in human resources management in the higher education and health care industries. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Human Resources at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Before that, she was as Director of Human Resources for HealthEast Care Systems’ Clinic Division in St. Paul and for Medica Health Plans in Minneapolis.

“The mission of Northwestern spoke to my soul, and I want to be part of the team that transforms Northwestern to the next chapter,” Gale said. “I am passionate about creating a great culture where people can contribute their very best. My background is in health care and higher education. This brings together those two important pieces, and that is exciting for me.”

The Vice President of Human Resources position is a new appointment within Northwestern’s senior leadership team. The top human resources role is being elevated because of the importance of building and enhancing a strong culture of innovation, wellness and service, said university President and CEO Christopher Cassirer.

“Mary has made culture a focus of her career in human resources management,” he said. “That will be an important part of her role here as she works with us to make Northwestern strong so we can serve our students and meet the needs for health and wellness now and in the future.”

Gale holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and Management from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University in St. Paul. She lives in Eden Prairie with her husband, John.

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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