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in memoriam

Dr. John Miller, founding president of California campus

Dr. Miller sitting at desk smiling for photo

John L. Miller, B.A., D.C., H.C.D. (Hon.), F.I.C.A. (Hon.), a 1954 Palmer graduate who served as the founding president of the California branch campus from 1980 to 1991, died on March 8 at the age of 83.

Dr. Miller was a member of Palmer’s Davenport campus faculty from 1962 to 1974. During his tenure in Davenport, Dr. Miller served as director of education from 1964 to 1970; as dean of academics from 1970 to 1980; and as vice president for academic affairs from 1974 to 1980.

When Palmer College acquired the former Northern California College of Chiropractic in Sunnyvale, Calif., Dr. Miller was appointed president of the new “Palmer College of Chiropractic West” on Sept. 18, 1980. Based on a former junior high school campus, “Palmer West” began with 332 students and 23 fulltime faculty members.

In his first year, Dr. Miller guided Palmer West to receive Recognized Candidate for Accreditation status from the Council on Chiropractic Education in 1981.

Palmer West was awarded full accreditation in 1985. Growing enrollment prompted the need for additional space, and led to a second campus in Santa Clara, which opened in 1989.

“John Miller had a major impact on Palmer’s San Jose campus,” said Bill Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., president of Palmer College’s San Jose campus. “He brought expertise in accreditation, and under his leadership, Palmer’s California branch campus was accredited by the CCE in record time. In addition to other programs that he initiated while president, Dr. Miller was a big supporter of the nascent chiropractic research community.”

Dr. Miller left chiropractic education in 1991 to pursue development of chiropractic-focused, Internet-based information resources. Later that year, Dr. and Mrs. Miller started the Computer Information Exchange (CIE), and in 1992 CIE brought the ChiroLink system online, with the goal of creating an effective information vehicle to empower the chiropractic professional.

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