Dr. Goodman to Retire From Logan
Changing of the guard at chiropractic colleges continues.
By Editorial Staff
Gerry Clum. Jon Schwartzbauer. Fabrizio Mancini. James Winterstein. Mark Zeigler. Five chiropractic college presidents gone or soon to be gone from the institutions they presided over for anywhere from seven (Zeigler) to 30 (Clum) years.
And now comes the announcement that Logan President Dr. George Goodman will retire next year, revising his earlier plan to retire from the college in 2014 following completion of a scheduled accreditation review. With that review delayed a year until 2015, Dr. Goodman has decided to retire and give the new president time to prepare for the review. As of press time, a search committee has been formed but no presidential candidates have been named.
"I am honored to have been a part of Logan during such a dynamic period in this institution's history," said Dr. Goodman in an Oct. 18 press release from the college announcing his impending retirement. "When we started two decades ago, the institution had significant debt and operating challenges. I was able to work with many talented people to deal with those issues, developing and growing Logan in ways that benefit our students, faculty and the surrounding community."
Logan College of Chiropractic / University Programs has achieved several significant milestones in the course of Dr. Goodman's 19-year tenure, including reaching debt-free status; enrolling 1,000 students for the first time in the school's history; and winning federal grants for infrastructure, technology and research. Among those federal grants was a $1.2 million Health and Human Services Administration award in 2010 to study the relative effectiveness of manual therapy, stabilization exercises and conventional therapy on low back pain and balance in the elderly. The college also announced recently that its student-loan default rate for FY 2010 was .6 percent, "considerably better than the national rate of 6.7 percent and the 6 percent average for Missouri schools."
President Goodman's leadership has been invaluable to Logan, and his passion and commitment to our mission have been steadfast," said Steven Roberts, chair of the Board of Trustees. "On behalf of the board and Logan, I want to express our deep gratitude for his service and outstanding leadership. Logan and the field of chiropractic are better off because of Dr. Goodman."
Look for an interview with Dr. Goodman in an upcoming issue, as was done with several of the other college presidents on the list of recent or soon-to-be retirees. To hear their respective thoughts on the profession, read "Looking Back, Looking Forward With Dr. Gerry Clum" (Dec. 2, 2010), "Dr. Mancini Retires" (Oct. 7, 2012) and "Charting a Course for the Profession: Interview With NUHS President Dr. James Winterstein" (Oct. 21, 2012).