Dr. Paul VanDuyne is
president of KJWW
in Rock Island, Ill.,
where he serves as project
director. His more than
30 years of engineering
experience includes projects
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
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.