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Vickie Palmer hands Board of Trustees gavel to Dr. Trevor Ireland

Vickie Palmer passes the gavel and the role of Chairman of the Board to Dr. Trevor Ireland.
Vickie Palmer with Dr. Trevor Ireland

After an illustrious 20-year legacy as chairman of the Palmer College of Chiropractic Board of Trustees, Ms. Vickie Palmer announced to Board members on Jan. 15, 2008, that she would officially conclude her tenure as chairman at the Feb. 1-2, 2008, Board meeting in San Jose, Calif. Ms. Palmer continues serving on the Board as a Board officer and member of the executive committee.

“I began considering this nearly seven years ago and consulted with many advisors, including my two sisters, during that time,” explained Ms. Palmer. “For many reasons, I’m confident that this is the right time to make a smooth transition. We’ve successfully completed our capital campaign and opened the Academic Health Center. I’m also very comfortable with the strength of the Board and the College administration. More importantly, the time is right for a practicing chiropractor to lead this College as it has become a true participant in the mainstream healthcare delivery system.”

As part of her announcement, Ms. Palmer submitted the nomination of Vice Chairman Trevor Ireland, D.C., Davenport ’70, as her successor. At the Board meeting, Dr. Ireland received unanimous support and approval from all members and officially assumed chairman responsibilities on Feb. 2.

“He is an incredible individual and I’m certain he will do an excellent job,” added Ms. Palmer. “Dr. Ireland possesses all of the characteristics necessary to lead us on this journey.”

“I’ve trained my entire life to assume this position,” Dr. Ireland said of his new role. “It has been a privilege to have served with Vickie for all these years. As we enter this new era of chiropractic, I shall do my utmost to benefit Palmer College, pursue its mission, and protect and perpetuate its philosophy, science and art, and continue to honor the historic connection between Vickie Palmer and the College.”

Dr. Ireland, a magna cum laude graduate and a Board member since 1988, is founder of the Ireland Clinic of Chiropractic in Anchorage, Alaska, one of the largest chiropractic healthcare facilities in that state. During his distinguished 38-year career, he has been honored as a fellow of the International Chiropractors Association, the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic, the Palmer West Campus Academy of Chiropractic, and the International College of Chiropractors. Dr. Ireland was the youngest doctor ever to receive all four chiropractic fellowship honors. In addition, he co-founded the Alaska Chiropractic Society and is a past president of that organization.

With Dr. Ireland assuming the Board chairman position, Mr. Kent Forney was elected vice chairman. Mr. Forney, a prominent attorney in Des Moines, Iowa, has served on the Board since 1982, most recently as the Board secretary.

Ms. Palmer was named to the Palmer Board in 1978 and served as vice chairman from 1985 until her election to chairman in 1987. During that tenure, she has been instrumental in many significant accomplishments for the College. Those include opening of the Palmer Academic Health Center on the Davenport Campus; the growth, development and stabilization of Palmer’s West Campus; the establishment of the Florida Campus in 2002; the creation of the Palmer Center for Business Development and the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, and the unification of the three Palmer campuses as one College.

During its February meeting, the Board welcomed Ervin Malcheff, D.C., Davenport ’69, as a new Board member. Dr. Malcheff currently maintains a practice in Hillsdale, Mich., with his wife, Carol Malcheff, D.C., Davenport ’70. He was named a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in October 2004.

The Board also presented the special honor of Trustee Emeritus to Marilyn Smith, D.C., Davenport ’69, for her contributions to Palmer College. Dr. Smith was named to the Board of Trustees for Palmer College in 1987. She served as chairman of the Board of Trustees for Palmer West until the creation of the Palmer Chiropractic University System in 1991, when she served as Vice Chairman for the University System Board of Trustees until December 2003.

Dr. Ervin MalcheffDr. Ervin Malcheff

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