After nearly 40 years of service to Palmer College, William (Bill) Meeker, DC, MPH, president of Palmer’s West campus in San Jose, California, has announced his retirement from the College. His last day will be June 30, 2021.
“I know the Palmer College community joins me in congratulating Bill on his nearly four decades of impactful service to Palmer and the chiropractic profession,” says Dennis Marchiori, DC, PhD, Palmer College chancellor and CEO.
Meeker received his B.A. in political science from Wabash College in 1973, his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer West in 1982, and his Master of Public Health from San Jose State University in 1988.
After serving 12 years as the vice president for research at Palmer College and as director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, at Palmer’s main campus in Davenport, Iowa, he was appointed president of Palmer West, in 2007.
“I’m very proud to have been a member of Palmer’s academic community for my entire professional career,” says Meeker. “My association with Palmer has energized my passions and provided me many pathways to serve the chiropractic profession.
“Particularly important to me was being given the opportunity to establish and lead the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, and thereby enhance its significant role in the development of the science of chiropractic.”
During his tenure at Palmer College, he has served as a member of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at the National Institutes of Health, and the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, World Spine Care, and the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, for which he is the chair. He formerly served the vice-chair of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.
Meeker serves on the editorial boards of the Spine Journal, the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Explore, the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and others.
In his 38 years in the profession, Meeker has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, books and book chapters, and has made more than 100 scientific and policy presentations to multidisciplinary audiences around the world. He was named a Fellow in the Palmer Academy of Chiropractic in 1995.
A successor senior campus administrator will be announced prior to Meeker’s departure.