Q & A

with John Huston

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

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 business practices.

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.

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