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Q & A

with William Wilke

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

William Wilke, CFA, is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1962 and a Master of Science degree in Economics in 1966 while at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Over the course of his career, he has been a pilot in the U.S. Navy, chief financial officer for the Farm Credit Bank in Wichita, Kan., president and chief executive officer of First Federal Savings Bank of Iowa, chairman of the board of the Mercantile Bank in Davenport, Iowa, and chief investment officer at the First National Bank of Lincoln, Neb. Mr. Wilke serves on several nonprofit boards, including those of DavenportOne, the Adler Foundation and the River Music Experience, all in Davenport, Iowa. He was appointed to the Palmer Board of Trustees in 1998.

Tell us what strengths you bring to the Board?

The particular strengths I bring to the Board are in the areas of finance, banking, investments and management—all of which are critical to the success and mission of the College. Having said that, I must emphasize that I am only one part of a dynamic team. Each Board member brings their own particular skills and strengths to the table. We function as a cohesive body, dedicated to the well-being of Palmer, both now and in the future. We exist to ensure that we send into the healthcare field the finest Doctors of Chiropractic in the world.

What issues in the chiropractic profession concern you most?

The most significant issue to me is to ensure that chiropractic is fully integrated into and a vital part of the healthcare field. The general public must feel confident that chiropractic is an important and essential part of their overall wellness program. It follows that Palmer must provide its students a premier education so that they may become acknowledged as outstanding healthcare providers. While our goal is to maintain our position as the number one chiropractic college in the world, we must work within the chiropractic education profession to establish standards of education and care so as to not diminish the public’s trust of chiropractic.

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

While we should always honor our past, we must always look to the future. My vision for the next 25 years is that we will continue to be acknowledged as the finest chiropractic college in the world for our excellence in education and research. To paraphrase an unknown author, “Do not look to the past for you will only see where you have been. Instead, look to the future to see where you are going.”

What are your favorite memories of your time with Palmer?

Memories are made each and every day in our lives. It is my hope that there are many great memories yet to come. It may be more correct to comment on some of my most pleasing experiences as a Board member thus far. Chief among these would be working with the Board, observing the passion our students have for chiropractic, combining the various campuses into one college and the ongoing pride and professionalism of our faculty and staff.

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