|Dr. Hether at the site of Palmer’s Port Orange campus in 2002.||Dr. Hether in front of the Port Orange campus in 2014.|
“Kathe, I’m going to open up a
chiropractic college right here in
Port Orange,” James Hether, D.C.,
Davenport ’75, said to his wife in
1998. Each time the Hethers
would drive through City Center
in Port Orange, Dr. Hether would
dream his dream aloud to his wife.
“I can see students sitting on these
park benches studying for classes.
Everything for them to enjoy is
right here! They can use the gym,
the YMCA and the library. I can
see them jogging around the lake
and walking with their children.
This place is perfect …. ”
Then on Feb. 2, 1999, one of Dr.
Hether’s patients, a City Council
member in Port Orange, mentioned
to him that Port Orange
Mayor Allen Green was interested
in adding a college to the developing
community of Port Orange.
The time was now and
what was needed was an accredited
college like Palmer College of
In a flash of phone calls, memos
and newspaper reports, the seeds
for what would grow to become
Palmer’s Port Orange campus were
planted. Over the next few years,
contingents of interested parties
from Davenport and Port Orange
made several trips between Palmer’s
Davenport campus and
Palmer’s future home in Florida.
Four years of dreaming and hard
work culminated in an agreement
between Palmer College of
Chiropractic and the City of Port
Orange to build Palmer’s Port
Orange campus on the very site
that Dr. Hether envisioned.
On Feb. 8, 2002, Dr. Hether’s
dream became a reality as he stood
shoulder-to-shoulder with representatives
from Palmer College,
including then chairperson of
Palmer’s Board of Trustees, Vickie
Palmer, and members of the Port
Orange City Council.
“Dreams and prayers do come
true,” Dr. Hether says. “Dreams,
followed by actions. That’s the formula