John Huston received his
Bachelors of Business Administration
from Ft. Lauderdale
College in 1965 and his
Master of Business Administration
at Armstrong College in Berkeley, Calif., in 1982. From
1967 to 1979, his responsibilities included admissions representative,
director of admissions, and director of financial aid for
two college systems in Iowa and Nebraska. In 1979, he became
president of American Institute of Commerce (AIC), where he
developed a single-career college in Iowa into a six-campus,
regionally accredited, associate degree institution. AIC was one
of the initial U.S. proprietary colleges to develop and offer full
degree programs online with accreditation by the North Central
Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement,
and the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and
Schools (ACICS). Since 1999, Mr. Huston has been president
of Corporate Educational Resources, Inc., in Naples, Fla., which
specializes in contact management services and other product
development for education. He has been the president of the
Iowa Association for Private Specialized Colleges and Schools, a
member of the ACICS and on the Career College Association
Board of Directors. He was appointed to the Palmer Board of
Trustees in 2004.
Tell us what strengths you bring to the Board.
I have been involved in education during my entire 40-year
career and believe that the combination of the positions I have
held in three different educational institutions and my educational
training allows me to bring a valuable perspective to the
Palmer Board of Trustees. My career has permitted me to experience
many of the same challenges that confront Palmer in its
growth and operation. I have worked with balancing budgets,
supporting accreditation and education programs issues,
planned effective management teams and made changes when
necessary. As a board, we need to balance our efforts on training
the best chiropractors in the world in conjunction with sound
What issues in the chiropractic profession
concern you the most?
There are several issues in chiropractic that should be addressed
by its leaders and educational institutions. Specifically, I’d like
to see all in the profession work together to help expand the
utilization of chiropractic care. In turn, this would help attract
new students and strengthen enrollment at all chiropractic
colleges. Overall, I’m excited about the direction in which
Palmer College is heading and the momentum it has in its
efforts to address these areas.
What is your vision of the three campuses of
Palmer College in 25 years?
My vision for the three campuses is that they will each be
regional leaders in training, education and research. Palmer
will host regular advanced chiropractic retreats for healthcare
providers to experience the new knowledge discovered in our
research facilities and taught in Palmer’s classrooms. I envision
the College also hosting biannual international conferences to
highlight the best of the best in chiropractic education and
increase understanding of the importance of chiropractic care.
What have you enjoyed most about being a
member of the Board?
My most enjoyable experiences have been attending professional
meetings and retreats to hear from leaders in the profession. As
a board member, I have become acquainted with renowned
researchers and international leaders in chiropractic that provide
training in multiple countries. While the Board of Trustees has
a wide variety of talented and skilled members, we’re all united
by a passion for Palmer.