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Q & A

with Kent Forney

Insights asked Palmer Trustee Kent Forney to talk about the past, present and future of the College and chiropractic.
Kent Forney

Kent Forney, J.D., received his Doctor of Law from the University of Iowa in 1958, after serving in the U.S. Army at Armored Center, Fort Knox, Ky., from 1953- 1955. Mr. Forney is a senior partner with the law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the past president of several bar associations, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a member of the International Society of Barristers and numerous other professional organizations. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Drake University Law School. In 2006, Mr. Forney was elected to the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. He serves on the board of directors of several insurance companies including the NCMIC Group, the parent of NCMIC Insurance Company and Professional Solutions Insurance Company. Mr. Forney serves as secretary to the Palmer Board of Trustees, to which he was appointed in 1982.

Tell us what strengths you bring to the Board?

It is always difficult to assess your own contributions to any organization. In my view, that is a task best left to your peers. Having said that, however, as a lawyer I have been involved in the governance of several clients, which allows me to transfer some of the lessons of business management to the College. While Palmer’s mission is education, the execution of that mission is dependent on sound financial planning and good business practices.

What issues in the chiropractic profession or in education concern you most?

The most significant problem facing the profession, and therefore the College, is the utilization of chiropractic services by the public. This under-utilization places artificial constraints on the ability of the profession to grow and thereby directly impacts Palmer and all other colleges.

What is your vision of the three campuses of Palmer College in 25 years?

My vision for the future of Palmer is to continue to be the leader in chiropractic education. To do this, the Board and the administration have to constantly strive to not only improve the current system, but to be open to new ideas and innovations in education.

What are your favorite memories of your time with Palmer?

My greatest enjoyment from service on the Board is the association I have had with all the Board members, but particularly with the chiropractors who serve on the Board. Their dedication to their profession and to the College serves as an example for all the lay members of the Board.

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