Northwestern names Panciera as CFO

February 29, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Northwestern Health Sciences University has named Kathy Panciera as Chief Financial Officer.

Panciera is responsible for all financial aspects of the university, including reporting and compliance. She comes to Northwestern from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she held a similar role. She has worked in a series of financial positions throughout her career, in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

“It’s exciting to be at a place with a strong vision that’s looking to grow,” Panciera said. “Northwestern has been smart and savvy about the higher education and health care industries and finding its role in them. I see Northwestern on the cutting edge of a lot of what is happening in both fields.”

Panciera is the right fit for Northwestern at a time of growth and change, said university President and CEO Dr. Christopher Cassirer.

“Kathy has seen the benefits throughout her career of collaboration, with finance playing a key role,” he said. “We look forward to benefitting from her knowledge throughout the university as we pursue our vision for elevating health and wellness and creating a healthier world.”

In her previous financial positions, Panciera helped develop and execute plans for growth and innovation. Her approach, she said, is to work with others in the organization to determine how finance can make new projects and ideas reality.

“The way I like to approach the work is to look at the financial aspect as a partnering role across the organization,” Panciera said. “It’s important to me to learn and understand the needs in other areas of responsibility and then determine how I can help them succeed.”

Organizations that have been poised for growth and experiencing periods of innovation have been highlights of Panciera’s career. She’s looking forward to bringing that same approach to Northwestern, benefitting students, patients, faculty, staff and the communities that Northwestern serves.

“It’s important to have all of the right people at the table, and all departments represented, when we’re crafting policy,” Panciera says. “When that happens, we make collaborative decisions and do collaborative work. We all understand that we have a place and an important responsibility in moving the organization forward.”

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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