New President of Bastyr University Brings CEO, Higher Education and Health Care Experience

KENMORE, Wash., Jul 18, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dan Church has been named president of Bastyr University, following a national search. The announcement was made today by Schuyler (Skye) W. Lininger, Jr., D.C., chairman of the Bastyr University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Church most recently served as the General Secretary/CEO of the General Council on Ministries of the United Methodist Church. In that capacity he oversaw eight program agencies with 900 employees and a $50M annual budget. Prior to that, Dr. Church was President and CEO of Edwin Shaw Hospital in Akron, Ohio, a non-profit comprehensive rehabilitation hospital with 167 beds. Dr. Church also has significant experience in higher education, including 10 years as a tenured professor at Seattle Pacific University and several years on the executive administration team at Malone College in Ohio, where he was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs.

According to Dr. Lininger, "Dan Church has the varied experience and qualities that we wanted for Bastyr University when we started our search. He brings gifts in leadership and communication as well as a proven track record in health care and higher education. We expect him to be very successful in fundraising and the other important duties that modern day University presidents must shoulder. We are excited and looking forward to Dr. Church's tenure."

Dr. Church's return to the Seattle area is a return to his roots. Not only was he a professor at SPU, but his Ph.D. in Communication Theory is from the University of Washington. (M.A., Communication/Speech Therapy from San Francisco State University and B.A., Speech/English also from San Francisco State). Additionally, the new president and his wife, Lorinda Blews Church, have three children, all born in Seattle.

Dr. Church is looking forward to his new position. "I have always had a strong interest in holistic health care and believe the integration of mind/body/spirit promotes good health for both individuals and the community. Bastyr University is the leader in science-based natural medicine and I am both honored and thrilled to help guide the University. The students, faculty and staff are clearly dedicated and passionate about providing education, clinical services and research." Dr. Church notes that recent studies by the National Institute of Health's National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Institute of Medicine both show large numbers of Americans using natural medicine. "The opportunities have never been greater and Bastyr University is well positioned to advance the education and the medicine," according to Dr. Church.

Dr. Church is only the third president in the 27 year history of the University. President Emeritus and founding president Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., N.D., remains on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Pizzorno retired in 2000. He was followed by Thomas Shepherd, D.H.A., who served four years before returning to the East Coast last fall. Long time Bastyr administrator Dr. John Daley served as interim president. Dr. Church will begin his duties Sept. 1st.


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 world-renowned 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.

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