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From Teaching to Campus President

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From Teaching to Campus President

William Sherrier, D.C., M.A., takes the helm as campus president of Palmer Florida.

Dr. William Sherrier portrait.When Bill Sherrier, D.C., M.A., started teaching at Palmer Florida more than 20 years ago, just four months after the campus accepted its first class, he never imagined one day he’d hold the position of campus president.

Yet after serving as associate professor, director of practice foundations, interim dean of academics, associate dean of clinical sciences and dean of academic affairs, it’s clear that Dr. Sherrier is uniquely qualified to succeed Peter Martin, D.C., FPAC (Main, `68), who recently retired. “I like to think that I was raised professionally on the Palmer Florida campus,” says Dr. Sherrier.

Dr. Sherrier isn’t wasting any time in his new role, already connecting on a deeper level with Palmer Florida alumni, many of whom he taught over the years. “The contributions that our early Palmer Florida students made during their time on campus have created the foundation for what we have here today. I see their influence every day on campus and intend on actively engaging with our esteemed alumni as we strive to deliver the very best chiropractic education available today.”

That influence is part of the exciting growth Dr. Sherrier has seen over his career — growth he wants to continue.

“When I started, we had 45 students in a small building that was set up as our temporary campus,” he recalls. “Today, our hallways are full of energy, with more than 900 students in Florida alone. To see that many students studying together, using our new technology and enjoying this beautiful campus is astounding.”

Dr. Sherrier always believed that Palmer Florida had the opportunity to do great things. “With the guidance and support of our College’s administration and Board of Trustees, we’ve created a positive campus community where our students learn from some of the smartest and most talented faculty and staff. With the opening of our fourth academic building, I’m most excited about our next phase of campus planning to ensure our students continue to have everything they need to succeed.”

“This is a very exciting time for Palmer Florida and the College as a whole,” says Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. (Main, `90), chancellor and CEO. “We’ve just completed the largest fundraising campaign ever undertaken by any chiropractic educational institution, including receiving the largest gift in our history from an anonymous friend of Palmer College for the advancement of Palmer Florida. We’re poised to continue growing, and Dr. Sherrier is the perfect person to lead this campus forward.

Getting to Know Dr. Sherrier


Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to do in your free time?
I was born and raised on the Jersey shore and currently live in Daytona Beach Shores, so living near the water is an important part of my life and free time. I enjoy kayaking, biking and most forms of exercise centered around the beach.

What brought you to chiropractic?
I wanted to be a biology teacher. While working toward my degree in biology education, I developed neck pain. My mother encouraged me to see her chiropractor, and it was during that first visit that I decided to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. At the time, I felt that as a society, we were over-medicated and that there must be a more conservative way to restore health. Once the chiropractic approach to health was explained to me, I instantly changed the course of my education.

What can you tell us about your time in practice?
I was a chiropractic practitioner for more than 25 years before moving into academia. I practiced family wellness and enjoyed helping all patients, from infants to seniors, in restoring their function and optimizing health and well-being through chiropractic care. My favorite aspect of being a chiropractor was the amazing relationships I made with the patients I have served.