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Q & A

with Paul VanDuyne, D.C., PE

Davenport ’78
The newest Palmer Trustee talks about the past, present and future of the College and chiropractic
Dr. Paul VanDuyne

Dr. Paul VanDuyne is president of KJWW Engineering, headquartered in Rock Island, Ill., where he serves as project director. His more than 30 years of engineering experience includes projects involving healthcare, educational and computer facilities, as well as laboratories and power plants. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., followed by his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1978 at Palmer College’s Davenport Campus. A licensed professional engineer in 18 states, Dr. VanDuyne is a member of a number of industrial associations including the Association of Energy Engineers, the Iowa Engineering Society and the Society of American Military Engineers. He has served either as president or a member of various Quad Cities community organizations such as the Family Museum, Ballet Quad Cities, and the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce. Dr. VanDuyne is an avid marathoner who has completed the Boston Marathon five times. He was appointed to the Palmer Board of Trustees in 2010.

What strengths do you bring to the Board?

Having attended Palmer, I have a true appreciation for both the education process and the profession. Operating an engineering business and working closely with expanding healthcare organizations has broadened my horizons. I have also served on boards for both non-profit and private educational organizations. Hopefully these experiences will allow me to offer value to the Palmer Board of Trustees as the organization moves forward in providing educational and research support to chiropractic care.

What issues in the chiropractic profession concern you most?

As we see healthcare changing in the United States, chiropractic needs to be positioned to take on a major role in being a healthcare provider for our population. Chiropractic also needs to be made available to more individuals on a global basis. I believe the Board is doing their best to assure that Palmer College and chiropractic will be well positioned for future growth and broader acceptance in the healthcare marketplace.

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

I certainly see chiropractic being a major resource for healthcare, not only in the United States, but throughout the world. With this increased demand, there will be a need to educate more chiropractors, with the three campuses needing to expand and possibly additional campuses being required, again both in the U.S. and worldwide.

What have you enjoyed most about being a member of the Board?

The ability to provide input and help to guide the course and growth of the College is exciting to me. Palmer means a great deal to our family and has provided me with an education that has allowed me to advance both my career and my company’s growth. I would like to be able to give something back. Hopefully I will be able to contribute using some of the knowledge I have accumulated through the years.

What are your favorite memories from your days as a Palmer student?

Two items come to mind. First would be meeting my wife, Donna, who is also a graduate, during my first semester waiting for a physiology class to begin. The second would be attending Dr. Price’s lectures on philosophy. I feel fortunate that I was able to listen to someone that had spent his life in the chiropractic profession when the profession was first growing. His stories and memories of past events were very insightful.

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