Randy Eken Joins Northwestern Health Sciences University’s Board of Trustees

Strategic, healthcare education expert brings nearly 40 years of experience to advance integrative care programs

Today, Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU), the premier evidence-based integrative health learning center, appointed Randy Eken to its Board of Trustees. Mr. Eken’s three-year term began on June 22, 2020.

The Board of Trustees is the university’s governing body committed to advancing the vision of NWHSU as the university of choice for complementary and integrative health care. Board member responsibilities include establishing bylaws and articles of incorporation.

With nearly 40 years of experience in health education, Mr. Eken brings strategic planning and development skills to NWHSU’s Board of Trustees. While at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), Mr. Eken was the longest-serving Principal Business Officer (PBO) of all Association of American Medical College (AAMC) schools of medicine and increased the college annual budget from $18M to $130M in 33 years.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees for Northwestern Health Sciences University,” says Randy Eken. “Following my 2017 retirement from the University of North Dakota Health Sciences program, I am eager to work with the Board on matters such as academics, finance, capital improvements and long-range institutional planning. I look forward to advancing NWHSU programs for the increased benefits of the students and health care.”

In addition to his work accomplishments, Mr. Eken has received numerous award recognitions including the North Dakota Medical Association’s “Friend of Medicine Award,” Mayville State University’s “Distinguished Alumni Award,” UND SMHS’ “Hippocratic Dignity Award,” and UND’s “Meritorious Service Award.”

“Randy Eken’s outstanding background and expertise make him the perfect addition to Northwestern Health Sciences University Board of Trustees,” says Christopher D. Jo, D.C., Chair of NWHSU’s Board of Trustees. “With his strategic leadership and experience, Randy will provide valuable insight into further positioning NWHSU as a leading university in natural and integrative care.”

Mr. Eken currently resides in Alexandria, Minnesota, and enjoys church, lake life, exercise and travel. He has two sons, Aaron and Joshua Eken, and six grandchildren.