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Administrative appointments announced

Dr. William Meeker named West Campus president
Dr. William Meeker
Dr. William Meeker

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., has been named president of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose, Calif., effective Jan. 3, 2007. With Dr. Meeker’s appointment, Peter Martin, D.C., now serves exclusively as president of Palmer’s Florida Campus. Dr. Martin was named interim president of the West Campus in 2004, and then president of both the West and Florida campuses in 2005.

Dr. Peter Martin
Dr. Peter Martin

After graduating from Palmer’s West Campus in 1982, Dr. Meeker maintained a private practice in San Jose and served as assistant professor in the Division of Research with the West Campus from 1983 until 1986. He was named associate dean of research in 1986. In 1988, he earned his master’s degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. Dr. Meeker became dean of research at the West Campus in 1989 and served in that role until 1995. At that time, he was named director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research on Palmer’s Davenport Campus. Since 2001, he has served as Palmer College’s vice president for research.

Dr. Goertz Choate is new executive director of Research Center
Dr. Christine Goertz Choate
Dr. Christine Goertz Choate

Christine Goertz Choate, D.C., Ph.D., has been hired to succeed Dr. Meeker as executive director for the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. She oversees the College’s research efforts from Palmer’s new Washington, D.C., office, where she also monitors and coordinates government relations activities pertaining to the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Goertz Choate comes to Palmer from the Samueli Institute for Information Biology in Alexandria, Va., where she was director of clinical research from 2003 to 2005, until being named deputy director in 2005. Previously, Dr. Goertz Choate was the first chiropractor hired by the National Institutes of Health as a health sciences administrator at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Md.

Dr. Wood appointed dean of Clinics on Davenport Campus
Dr. Kurt Wood
Dr. Kurt Wood

Kurt Wood, D.C., has been appointed dean of Clinics at Palmer’s Davenport Campus. He comes to Palmer after 20 years at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn., where he was a staff clinician and professor in the College of Chiropractic. He also served as department chair, program chair, associate dean of academics, associate dean of clinical services, and as Northwestern’s compliance, privacy and security officer.

Prior to graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus in 1979, Dr. Wood completed Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry at Upper Iowa University. He maintained a private practice in Wisconsin from 1979 to 2005, then practiced in Minnesota until accepting his current position at Palmer.

Dr. Owens named director of CLRC
Dr. James Owens
Dr. James Owens

James Owens, D.C., has been named director of the Chiropractic Learning Resource Center (CLRC) on the Davenport Campus. Reporting to Dr. Wood, Dr. Owens manages the CLRC’s operations and is responsible for the quality and delivery of patient care, as well as intern education. A 1982 graduate of Palmer’s Davenport Campus, in 2003, Dr. Owens was named assistant director of the Main Clinic and served as a faculty clinician, then was named the Main Clinic’s interim director in November 2005.

Dr. McDonald becomes assistant chancellor
Dr. Clay McDonald
Dr. Clay McDonald

Clay McDonald, D.C., M.B.A., J.D., has joined Palmer College as assistant chancellor to Larry Patten. Mr. Patten’s original position, chief executive officer, has been revised to chancellor to match guidelines in place with the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education. Dr. McDonald works with Mr. Patten and the College administrative team to develop and implement operational systems and a program of continual improvement. He also assists with monitoring chiropractic education issues at various government levels.

Dr. McDonald graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in 1982. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, in 1997, and a Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2001. Beginning in 1990, Dr. McDonald spent nearly a decade at Palmer College’s Davenport Campus as an associate professor, faculty clinician and director of Ancillary Procedures. He then served as dean of clinics before being named special advisor to the president. Beginning in 2002, Dr. McDonald served as New York College of Chiropractic’s dean of academic affairs, before becoming executive vice president of academic affairs.

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