Daniel K. Church, PhD, will step down in 2015, leaving a long-lasting and successful legacy
After serving a decade as president of Bastyr University, Daniel K. Church, PhD, has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015.
“After careful consideration, I believe now is the right time for me to make this move,” said Dr. Church. “I feel strongly that the University is in good hands and will continue to flourish. I am committed to ensuring Bastyr University remains a world leader in the natural health arts and sciences, and will always remain a part of the Bastyr family as I take the first steps to spending more time with my own.”
Since 2005, the University has seen unprecedented growth and success under Dr. Church’s leadership. Among the highlights:
“The Board of Trustees is indebted to Dr. Church for his numerous contributions to Bastyr and feel fortunate to have had such a dynamic leader steering the University for such a sustained period of excellence,” said Samuel L. Anderson, JD, chair of the Bastyr University Board of Trustees. “In addition to opening a new campus in San Diego, Dr. Church has been instrumental in helping put Bastyr University on the national stage by making it the preeminent center for natural health education in the country, and perhaps the world. The Board and his successor will be focused and work hard to meet the standard set by Dr. Church and keep our positive momentum.”
The search for a new president will begin immediately and will be conducted by the University’s Board of Trustees.
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Bastyr University is a nonprofit, private university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees, with a multidisciplinary curriculum in science-based natural medicine. Recognized globally for its rigorous curriculum and strong research, the University has a primary campus in Kenmore, Washington, and a second campus in San Diego, California. Bastyr's international faculty teaches the natural health sciences with an emphasis on integrating mind, body, spirit and nature. A pioneer in natural medicine since its inception 40 years ago, Bastyr continues to be at the forefront in developing the model for 21st-century medicine.