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Planning for the future Selecting the next chancellor of Palmer

“Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it.” —Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh

The change in administrative leadership that took place in December 2008 with the departure of Chancellor Larry Patten began a process that has spanned nearly a year and has resulted in identifying a new chancellor to lead Palmer College into the future.

With Mr. Patten’s retirement 12 months ago, the Palmer Board of Trustees asked Mr. William Wilke, a respected Quad-City area businessman and a member of the Palmer Board since 1998, to serve as interim chancellor until a search for a new chancellor could be conducted.

“From the outset, our goal has been to be thorough and committed to finding the most qualified candidate to lead this institution,” said Chairman of the Board Trevor Ireland, D.C. “We will never lose sight of our responsibility for doing what is best for Palmer College.”

That search process began in early 2009 when the Board established an ad hoc committee to lead the efforts. Led by Board Member Mr. Ken Koupal, the seven-person committee interviewed several executive search organizations. In early April, the Board selected Diversified Search, a Philadelphiabased executive search firm, to assist with the chancellor search and selection process.

Following a series of meetings on each campus with administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and local business leaders, the Committee worked with Diversified Search to develop the chancellor job description and recruitment strategy.

“This was an incredibly helpful exercise and involved many people in the process,” said Dr. Ireland. “I want to thank everyone who took time to share their thoughts and insights.”

“We promoted this position through online recruitment resources, advertisements in various chiropractic, health care and higher education publications, and communications from the College to alumni,” said Mr. Koupal. “Diversified Search also reviewed their expansive pool of nationally-known candidates from past searches.”

To help further evaluate the candidates being considered, the College enlisted help from others including a search advisory group consisting of Scott Haldeman, D.C., M.D., Ph.D., Charles Keller, D.C., Vickie Palmer, Michael Pedigo, D.C., and Ed Rogalski, Ph.D.

The original candidate pool was narrowed to 27 to eight to three. From those three finalists, a single nominee was recommended by the Committee to the full Board at its late-October meeting.

“We recognize that this is certainly one of the most important decisions we, the Board, has made,” said Dr. Ireland. “The process we followed was designed to prepare Palmer College for the future.”

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