Chiropractor Joe Brimhall, DC, elected to chair the Northwest Commission on Colleges and UniversitiesIn a remarkable act of respect for an academic leader in chiropractic and integrative health, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has elected Joe Brimhall,

Chiropractor Joe Brimhall, DC, elected to chair the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

In a remarkable act of respect for an academic leader in chiropractic and integrative health, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has elected Joe Brimhall, DC, to its chair. Brimhall is a former integrative-oriented clinician from Utah who first became involved in academics as a licensing board representative to the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). Brimhall currently serves as president of
University of Western States, the Portland, Oregon institution which was Western States Chiropractic College when he came on board. A release from the University notes that Brimhall has also served as chairman of the NWCCU Commission on Accreditation, as president of the CCE, as president of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International. In addition, Brimhall is a founding director of the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine and serves on the executive committee of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care.

Comment: Shortly after submitting a column last month entitled Chiropractic Doctors Hit a Trifecta in Move for “Cultural Authority” it occurred to me that Brimhall’s election would have been a perfect coda. My
thesis was that, ultimately, cultural authority does not come from doing things for one’s own field. Rather, such authority comes from gaining respect for service in the common good. Brimhall’s election is just such an
acknowledgement. He is not only the first chair of a regional accrediting body from the integrative health disciplines. To my knowledge and his – I asked him – he is and was the first commissioner. The election is a big deal, in the scheme of things.

Incoming Parker University president Brian McAulay, PhD turns the ritual of investiture into a dedication to community service

Investiture, the formal ritual for conferring presidential authority in the academic environment, dates make to medieval times. In a letter to the Parker University and broader chiropractic community on August 26, 2013, Parker’s incoming president Brian McAulay, PhD announced a significant shift. Wrote McAulay: “With the time approaching to plan my investiture, I knew I wanted to do something a little different.” Then: “Rather than mark my formal investiture with a week of speeches, gowns, and perfunctory applause, I thought it would be more representative of Parker’s vision and the vision of my own presidency to mark the occasion with service, compassion, and hands-on philanthropy.” McAulay then invited everyone to join him on September 20, 2013, when “the entire Parker community will join together for the inauguration of Parker Serves, an annual event we are thrilled to launch as I formalize my tenure as President of this incredible institution.” Among project targeted: hunger action, nature beautification, youth services, and free adjustments for “men women and families who lack adequate food and shelter.”

Comment: With this start, one looks forward to other evidence of McAulay’s vision for his presidency. A former vice president at LIFE University, McAulay is also the incoming president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.