Bastyr University President Tom Shepherd to Return to Private Sector

Board of Trustees working on transition plan and search for replacement

KENMORE, Wash., Sep 14, 2004 -- University President Thomas C. Shepherd, DHA, announced his resignation today, saying he will return to the private sector. Dr. Shepherd has led the University for just over four years, coming in as only the second president in the University's 26-year history. He will work with the Board of Trustees to establish a transition plan and maintain Bastyr's strategic initiatives.

Dr. Shepherd has accepted a position in the corporate sector. According to Dr. Shepherd, "Bastyr University is a wonderful and inspiring institution, but my family and I have deep roots on the East Coast. When an exciting opportunity was offered to me and the location was closer to our family, it was with both regret and anticipation that we accepted." Dr Shepherd notes that his adult children are all on the east coast with three grandchildren on the way.

Dr. Shepherd arrived at Bastyr with more than two decades of management experience in hospital administration.

Bastyr University Board of Trustees President Schuyler Lininger, Jr., DC (doctor of chiropractic) accepted Dr. Shepherd's resignation with regret. Dr. Lininger notes that, "Dr. Shepherd has a record of solid leadership at Bastyr and his accomplishments are felt not only at Bastyr but at a national level where we have witnessed the huge growth of natural medicine." Dr. Lininger points out that Dr. Shepherd was instrumental in leading the successful battle to establish licensure for naturopathic physicians (NDs) in California. When California became the 13th state to license NDs, last year, it immediately doubled the number of American citizens who have access to licensed naturopathic providers.

In addition to California licensure, Dr. Shepherd will be remembered for his work to develop a 20-year campus master plan, which will include purchase of the 50-acre Bastyr campus. He also oversaw development of the University's new strategic plan and began the efforts to establish a Bastyr presence in California and develop a partnership with the city of Everett. Dr. Shepherd was also instrumental in attracting the University's first major donation, a million dollar gift from Southern California developer Steve Bing.

About Bastyr University

Bastyr University, in Kenmore, Washington, is an accredited institution, internationally recognized as a pioneer in the study of natural healing. It is the leading university for natural health sciences in the United States, encompassing a multidisciplinary curriculum and research. Founded in 1978 by practicing naturopathic physicians, Bastyr University integrates the pursuit of scientific knowledge with the wisdom of ancient healing methods and traditional cultures from around the world. Its mission is to educate future leaders in the natural health sciences that integrate mind, body, spirit, and nature. Through natural health education, research and clinical services, Bastyr University improves the health and well being of the human community.

Source: Bastyr University

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