Chiropractic and health and wellness institution Parker University announced the hiring of Clint Gilchrist as its new CFO, with a mandate to expand and enhance the campus following tornado damage in 2019.
Gilchrist is a CPA and was previously the controller for Southern Methodist University. He began at Parker University on Jan. 7.
Officials says Parker University campus enrollment is at an all-time high despite tornado damage last November that destroyed approximately half the campus. The incident is being used as a catalyst to raise funds to build a new outpatient chiropractic clinic, modernize research facilities, and enhance the student experience.
“It’s more important than ever that we have someone like Clint help us navigate these expansion years,” said Parker President William E. Morgan. “His experience in strategic financial operations for higher universities will serve us well.”
The year 2020 marks both the 100th birthday of Dr. Parker and the 125th anniversary of the discovery of chiropractic. The school hopes to celebrate by showcasing a modern, rebuilt facility.
“I’m honored to be at Parker University during this exciting time in our history,” Gilchrist said. “I’m grateful to be able to play a part in continuing Dr. Parker’s legacy and enhancing the educational experience for our students under the visionary leadership of President Morgan and the board.”
Parker University was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker, originally as Parker College of Chiropractic; in 2011, it changed the name as its curriculum expanded. Today it is the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Parker University has 1,500 students and 27 academic programs including its famed chiropractic program along with master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world.
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