The Palmer Board of Trustees
has appointed William L.
Wilke, CFA, to serve as the
College’s interim chancellor.
This follows the resignation
of Palmer College of Chiropractic
Patten on Dec. 3, 2008.
“Mr. Wilke has been a valuable member of the Board’s Executive
Committee and has led the Finance and Operations Committee
for several years,” said Board Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C.
“The Board felt that his experience and management style
would serve us well as we enter this period of transition.”
Mr. Wilke, a Quad-City area businessman and a member of the
Palmer Board of Trustees since 1998, has taken an immediate
leave of absence from the Board to serve in this interim role.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve the premier
institution in chiropractic education in this new way,” said Mr.
Wilke. “There is a great deal of momentum and strength within
the administration, our faculty and staff, and certainly the
student body. It’s my intent to keep us moving down
With Mr. Wilke’s appointment, the Board of Trustees will
now begin an executive search to identify a new chancellor.
This process, which will include a nationwide search and
examine both internal and external candidates, is expected
to take up to nine months.
Mr. Wilke holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration
and a master’s degree in economics from the University of
Nebraska – Lincoln. After serving as a pilot in the U.S. Navy,
he went on to hold a variety of senior management positions
in manufacturing, service and financial corporations throughout
the Midwest. In 2003, following a brief retirement, he
became an executive coach and consultant through Management
Resource Group in Davenport.
He currently serves on the boards for DavenportOne and
the Adler Theatre Foundation. Mr. Wilke also has served
as Chairman of the Board for both the Davenport Chamber
of Commerce and the Downtown Davenport Development