West Campus President Dr. William Meeker
West Campus President William
Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., has been
named the George B. McClelland
Researcher of the Year by the
American Chiropractic Association
(ACA). The award was announced
Sept. 22 during the ACA’s
44th Annual Business Meeting in
Washington, D.C., and recognizes
excellence and achievement in
research that expands the body of
knowledge of chiropractic.
“Dr. Meeker has gone beyond fostering chiropractic growth and
understanding through his tireless work in academic research
positions,” said ACA President Glenn Manceaux, D.C. “He has
devoted his entire career to enhancing the scientific capacities of
chiropractic, and has successfully helped to insert the chiropractic
paradigm into the public eye.”
Dr. Meeker has an extensive background in chiropractic research,
initially serving as assistant professor in Palmer’s Division of
Research on the West Campus from 1983 until 1986. He was
named associate dean of research in 1986. After earning his master’s
degree in Public Health from San Jose State University in
1988, he became dean of research at the West Campus the following
year and served in that role until 1995.
At that time, Dr. Meeker was named director of the Palmer Center
for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) on the Davenport Campus.
From 2001 until assuming the presidency of the West Campus,
he served as the College’s vice president for research.
“I am very pleased to receive this award from the ACA, especially
because it is in the name of one of the great supporters of chiropractic
research over the past three decades and more, George B.
‘Mac’ McClelland, D.C.,” said Dr. Meeker. “This award recognizes
the positive impact that chiropractic scientists have on our profession’s
As the recipient of this year’s Researcher of the Year Award, Dr.
Meeker follows Christine Choate, D.C., the executive director for
the PCCR, who received the award in 2006.
Outside of his duties at Palmer, Dr. Meeker has served multiple
positions with the chiropractic section of the American Public
Health Association, for which he was awarded its Distinguished
Service Award in 1999.