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Summer 2008

Q & A

with Ken Koupal

Insights asked Palmer Trustee Ken Koupal to talk about the past, present and future of the College and chiropractic

Kenneth Koupal

Kenneth “Ken” Koupal has served as the regional president of U.S. Bank, N.A., in the Quad Cities since 1997. Prior to that, he was the bank’s senior vice president of commercial lending. Mr. Koupal has served as a director of the National Board of Bank Administration Institute and is past president of the Scott County Bankers Association. He received his Master of Business Administration degree in Bank Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 and graduated from the American Bankers Association Graduate Commercial Lending School in 1992. He is the immediate past chair of the Scott County Family Y Board and of Junior Achievement of the Heartland. Mr. Koupal also has served as president of the Davenport Public Library, Friendly House and the Downtown Davenport Development Corporation. He currently serves on the boards of the Figge Art Museum, the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce and the Quad Cities Development Group. He was appointed to the Palmer Board of Trustees in 2004.

Tell us what strengths you bring to the Board?

I think it is a tremendous privilege and honor to serve on the Palmer Board of Trustees. As you may know, I am not a chiropractor; therefore the strengths I bring to the board are related to my career as a banker. This career has provided me the privilege of serving on many other nonprofit boards. While every board is different, there are some “best practices” which can be shared.

What issues in the chiropractic profession or in education concern you most?

The chiropractic profession has made significant progress in its quest to be recognized as an essential provider of health care. That being said, chiropractic care needs to become more mainstream, evolving to a point where the majority of the public considers chiropractic an important and crucial component of their wellness program.

What is your vision of the three campuses of Palmer College in 25 years?

My vision may, or may not, consist of three campuses. Maybe it will have four or five campuses. The field of education is changing fast, and Palmer must be responsive to the needs of our students.

What have you enjoyed most about being a member of the Board?

Without question, as a trustee of the Board, I have met some of the most distinguished members in the chiropractic field. I also have enjoyed meeting many of the staff on all three campuses. I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I am of their knowledge, expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm!

Is there anything else you’d like to add that you think readers should know?

Around 1955, while my family lived in South Dakota, my mother and her sister were both diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic with limb and girdle muscular dystrophy. Their doctors informed them that there was not a medical cure and suggested chiropractic care as a possible means to help maintain their mobility. My mother made several trips to Palmer’s Clinic in Davenport and brought me along to see if chiropractic care could help with my asthma. Jobs were plentiful in the Quad Cities, so my family quit farming and moved here. The rest is history!

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