Bastyr University celebrates Founders' Day Nov 6 with public event

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Bastyr entrance

Bastyr University will honor its history, celebrate its current accomplishments and look forward to the future with a celebration Friday, November 6, 2015 in the historic and beautiful Bastyr Chapel.

The event will feature a panel discussion with the three living founders of Bastyr University, as well as serve an official welcome for Bastyr University President Charles “Mac” Powell, PhD, who recently passed his 100-day mark as leader of the University.

“This will be a celebration of not only how far we’ve come in a short amount of time, but also how bright our future looks thanks to all who have worked so tirelessly to make Bastyr University what it is today,” says Dr. Powell.

At the event, the three founders - Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., ND, Les Griffith, ND, and Sheila Quinn - will share their memories of Bastyr’s humble beginnings in the late 1970s, when the school had very few resources and a host of critics, and trace the University’s success as it flourished into a preeminent, well-respected natural health institution over the span of a few decades.

Dr. Powell will also have an opportunity to share his thoughts about the current state of Bastyr University, as well as the challenges and opportunities he sees for impacting the future of natural medicine.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments will immediately follow the panel. Bastyr University’s annual Founders’ Day Dinner takes place in Woodinville, Wash. the following evening, Saturday November 7, 2015.

Please RSVP online by November 2, 2015. For questions, contact Tiffany Pascua, 425-602-3324.


Bastyr University is internationally recognized as a pioneer in natural medicine. As the largest accredited university for natural health arts and sciences in the U.S., Bastyr’s campus located near Seattle, Washington, offers more than 20 degree and certificate programs in fields such as naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, midwifery and whole-food nutrition.

Founded in 1978, the University now includes a leading-edge research facility (the Bastyr University Research Institute) and outstanding clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, ranked as one of the Puget Sound’s top medical facilities for patient experience in 2013.

The University’s second campus, Bastyr University California opened in San Diego, in fall 2012, becoming California’s first and only accredited school of naturopathic medicine.


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