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Retired Brigadier General Norvell V. Coots, M.D., to Speak

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Monday, March 5, 2018

Retired Brigadier General Norvell V. Coots, M.D.As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, Retired Brigadier General Norvell V. Coots, M.D., will speak on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The presentation, sponsored by the Business Department, will take place at 12:15 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and all are invited to attend. Parking is recommended in Lot G, and no parking permits will be required.


Retired Brigadier General Norvell V. Coots, M.D., former Commanding General and CEO of Regional Health Command Europe, and Command Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army, has more than 20 years executive experience in all aspects of healthcare management and medical administration.

Dr. Coots held direct responsibility for Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Bavaria Health Command, Dental Command Europe and Public Health Command Europe. He was the point person in maintaining and nurturing partnerships with more than 40 civilian hospitals in Germany, Belgium and Italy.

Previously, Dr. Coots served as Deputy Commanding General (Support) for the Army Medical Command and as Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection at the Pentagon, and as Surgeon General, United States Forces, Afghanistan. He also previously served as chief executive officer of the Walter Reed Health Care System in Washington, D.C., and the Keller Army Community Hospital in West Point, New York.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

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