Northwestern announces leadership change

Rob Karwath for NWHSU | June 25, 2018

Board of Trustees names university provost as interim president.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—The Board of Trustees of Northwestern Health Sciences University announced today that it will begin a search to find a new president and CEO to replace Dr. Chris Cassirer, whose departure also was announced, effective immediately.

“We thank Dr. Cassirer for his leadership in the past four years and wish him success as he moves forward in future endeavors,” said Dr. Christopher Jo, the acting Board President. “During his time as president, Dr. Cassirer led Northwestern through a transitional period and positioned us well for growth.”

The Board also announced that it has appointed Dr. Deb Bushway, provost and executive vice president, as Northwestern’s interim president. She brings extensive leadership experience from her time at Northwestern as well as at other colleges and universities. For the past year, Bushway has been leading the strategic planning process at Northwestern.

Bushway came to Northwestern as provost, the university’s chief academic officer, in 2016 after a 30-year career that included work as a psychologist in private practice; a professor and administrator at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul; and as a dean, provost, interim president and vice president of Capella University in Minneapolis. She also has worked with the University of Wisconsin Extension and the U.S. Department of Education.

“We appreciate Dr. Bushway stepping in to lead Northwestern in an interim role,” Jo said. “We feel confident in the strategic direction of our university, our academic programs and our clinics. Our faculty, staff, providers, clinicians, students, partners, sponsors, donors and alumni all make us proud. We see a strong future for Northwestern as we move forward together.”

Jo said the specifics of Northwestern’s search process and the timetable for selecting a new permanent president have not yet been determined but are expected to be finalized in coming weeks.

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, MN, 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

2018 NWHSU Leadership Change


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