California Chiropractic College Has New President

Palmer University News

Contact: Lori Leipold, Media Relations; Palmer College of Chiropractic

William Meeker, D.C., M.P.H., long-time Palmer administrator, researcher and faculty member, has been named president of Palmer College of Chiropractic’s West Campus in San Jose, California, effective January 3, 2007.

With Dr. Meeker’s appointment, Peter Martin, D.C., will now serve exclusively as president of Palmer’s Florida Campus in Port Orange, Florida. Dr. Martin was named interim president of the West Campus in 2004, and then president of both the West and Florida campuses in 2005.

“Dr. Meeker is both a colleague and a very good friend,” said Dr. Martin. “I’m honored to be able to hand over the reins to him as he leads the West Campus forward. I think it’s a mark of maturity that one of the West Campus’ own will now serve as its president.”

“Dr. Martin’s efforts over the past few years have positioned the West Campus for a strong and sustainable future,” said Palmer College Chief Executive Officer Larry Patten. “He deserves many thanks for his tireless effort and outstanding commitment to not only the West and Florida Campuses, but Palmer College as a whole.”

Mr. Patten added, “As a proven leader within the chiropractic profession, Dr. Meeker will use his experience and skills to further ensure the quality of Palmer graduates. This is a significant day in the history of Palmer College. With Dr. Donald Kern on the Davenport Campus, Dr. Martin in Florida and Dr. Meeker on our West Campus, we now have a complete presidential leadership team to effectively support our structure of one college with three campuses.”

“I’m truly humbled by the opportunity to serve Palmer College in this role, but I’m especially honored to be able to contribute to the ongoing success of the West Campus, where I received my education,” said Dr. Meeker. “These are exciting times for Palmer College and chiropractic education as a whole, and I’m looking forward to making great things happen.”

After graduating from Palmer’s West Campus in 1982, Dr. Meeker maintained a private practice in San Jose and served as assistant professor in the Division of Research with the West Campus from 1983 until 1986. He was named associate dean of research in 1986. In 1988, he earned his Masters degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. Dr. Meeker became dean of research at the West Campus in 1989 and served in that role until 1995. At that time, he was named director of the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) on Palmer’s Davenport Campus. Since 2001, he has served as Palmer College’s vice president for research.

With Dr. Meeker assuming his role on the West Campus, Christine Goertz Choate, D.C., Ph.D., has been hired to succeed Dr. Meeker as executive director for the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research. Beginning January 3, 2007, she will oversee the College’s research efforts from Palmer’s office in Washington, D.C. Through this office, Dr. Goertz Choate will also monitor and coordinate government relations activities pertaining to the chiropractic profession.

Dr. Goertz Choate comes to Palmer College from the Samueli Institute for Information Biology in Alexandria, Virginia, where she served as director of clinical research from 2003 to 2005, until being named deputy director in 2005. Prior to joining the Samueli Institute, Dr. Goertz Choate was the first chiropractor hired by the National Institutes of Health as a health sciences administrator at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Goertz Choate earned her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 1999. In 1991, she earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Among her many honors and accomplishments, Dr. Goertz Choate was named George McClelland Researcher of the Year in 2006 by the American Chiropractic Association.

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