February 14, 2013 — Parker University recently presented Fabrizio Mancini, DC, with the president emeritus award, the highest honor bestowed upon a former university president.
The award was presented on Jan. 9, 2013 at Parker Seminars Las Vegas from the main stage immediately following Mancini’s opening session presentation.
Mancini retired from Parker University in October 2012 to pursue his dreams of spreading the chiropractic health and wellness message to public audiences. Mancini has already been successful in this journey, including appearances on popular daytime talk shows like Dr. Phil and The Doctors in 2012.
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Mancini has been a driving force in the growth and success of Parker University and Parker Seminars and this recognition was a way for the Parker community to show their appreciation for his thirteen years of service.
“The board of trustees wanted to honor Mancini with an award worthy of his legacy,” said Dr. Michael Flynn, vice-chair of the Parker University Board of Trustees. “It’s our way of saying thank you, and recognizing his significant impact on Parker.”
After graduating from Parker in 1990, Mancini opened a successful practice in Dallas and actively served patients for six years. After Parker passed away, and a short tenure of Dr. Karl Parker as president, the board of trustees asked Mancini to consider serving as president. Mancini accepted and immediately began to stabilize the institution.
“When I started as president, Parker was in a very bad place,” said Mancini in a recent interview. “The faculty, staff, and board of trustees were all concerned about the future of the institution. Some believed it might be closed and students were seeking to transfer.”
Mancini immediately went to work on the culture and morale by providing the leadership the institution desperately needed. Over time, confidence was established and Parker began to thrive. While impossible to completely capture the total impact, the following is a sampling of just a few of his achievements during his tenure with Parker.
- In 1999, Mancini was unanimously appointed by the Parker board of trustees as the new president of Parker College of Chiropractic.
- Despite the turmoil and uncertainty left behind by the retirement and passing of Dr. Parker, Mancini immediately established a family culture across the Parker community that can still be felt today. It is the key aspect that distinctively sets Parker apart still today.
- Mancini implemented immediate changes in the curriculum, providing for a better clinical experience and courses that taught chiropractors how to be better business people. These changes can still be seen in the curriculum today.
- He expanded the reach of Parker and chiropractic by establishing community based internship programs in the local Dallas/Ft. Worth area. These “real-world” learning environments provided future chiropractors with the experience needed to be successful after graduation. Parker still maintains over 20 of these programs in the local area.
- Mancini expanded chiropractic globally as well, establishing abroad programs in Mexico City, Mexico and Bogota, Colombia. Interns that participate in these programs provide services to Olympic athletes and patients in desperate need of care and these programs are still available to Parker students today.
- He expanded Parker Seminars to reach a global audience, hosting seminars in countries such as Italy, Australia, Mexico, and Japan. This legacy continues with a Parker Seminar scheduled for Australia in June later this year.
- Mancini has authored and co-authored several books, all with the sole purpose of bringing chiropractic to an audience that frequently misunderstands the benefits of chiropractic care. These books, carrying a positive chiropractic message, are still in circulation today.
- He has appeared on Dr. Phil and The Doctors as well as countless local and regional media outlets to educate the public on the benefits of chiropractic care. As a result, millions of people have been exposed to a positive message.
Source: Parker University, parker.edu