Northwestern President joins Way to Grow Board

February 10, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Northwestern Health Sciences University President Dr. Christopher Cassirer has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Way to Grow, a nonprofit organization that supports early childhood education and is the premier early-learning program in the Twin Cities.

This is the second appointment to the Way to Grow Board of Directors for Cassirer. He also served from 2007 to 2012, including two years as the Board Chair.

“I am honored and excited to be rejoining the Way to Grow board,” Cassirer said. “Way to Grow continues to be a force and an important source of education, health care and social services helping prepare future generations of kids for success in school. The data and evidence continue to show that the programs and services offered to kids and families are working effectively to create positive change.”

Way to Grow is pleased to have Cassirer rejoin the board and to make a connection with Northwestern Health Sciences University, where Cassirer is in his second year as president, said Way to Grow Executive Director Carolyn Smallwood.

“Way to Grow’s Board of Directors is excited and honored to have Chris Cassirer as an advocate and supporter of education for the most vulnerable,” Smallwood said. “As a previous Board Chair, Chris led Way to Grow in the expansion and creation of our premier early and elementary education programming, ‘Great by Eight.’  We look forward to more of his innovative ideas to help Way to Grow continue moving toward excellence.” 

‌Cassirer, 51, 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 was inaugurated in November 2014 as the seventh president of Northwestern. Before coming to Northwestern, he served as Dean of both the College of Management and Business and the College of Arts and Sciences at National Louis University in Chicago.

He has taught at Johns Hopkins, the University of Minnesota and George Washington University and also served as Faculty Director, Dean of the School of Human Services and President of Capella University, a nationwide educational enterprise.

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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