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CMCC announces next college president


May 9, 2014
By Canadian Chiropractor staff

wickesThe Board of Governors of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto has appointed Dr. David Wickes as its next president, succeeding Dr. Jean Moss who is stepping down from the role on June 30, 2014, after 24 years as president.

“The selection of Dr. Wickes as CMCC’s next president ensures the
continuity of its success through the appointment of a committed leader
who is deeply invested in the growth and vitality of CMCC and its
responsibility to the profession in Canada,” says CMCC Board of
Governors chair Dr. Mark Labrecque.

“The Board owes a huge debt
of gratitude to Dr. Moss whose leadership has been instrumental in
bringing CMCC to the high level of performance and international
recognition it has received,” he continued.

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Prior to his appointment to the CMCC, Wickes was dean of the College of Chiropractic at the University of Bridgeport.

“I
am excited to be joining such a well respected and prestigious
institution and will strive to work closely with Dr. Moss, the Board of
Governors, students, staff, faculty, alumni, provincial associations,
donors and stakeholders to ensure that the strong relationships that
CMCC has fostered are preserved and enhanced. I look forward to the
opportunity to continue to build on the strong foundation already
established by Dr. Moss and am completely committed to the mission and
vision of CMCC and eager to carry it forward,” he said.

CMCC
began its search for a new president in September 2013 after Moss
announced plans to step down at the end of the school year. An
international search commenced with the assistance of executive search
firm Feldman, Daxon Partners Inc. The presidential search committee,
consisting of members of the CMCC Board of Governors, representatives
from key stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students and alumni,
narrowed down a highly qualified, international pool of candidates and
made a recommendation to the CMCC Board of Governors, who accepted the
recommendation.

“I can’t thank the search committee enough for
their hard work and for such a transparent and inclusive process
undertaken to choose the next leader of CMCC. The voices and opinions of
students, staff, faculty, alumni and key stakeholders all played a
vital role in this recommendation,” said Dr. Kelli Blunt, who chaired
the presidential search committee.

Moss added her endorsement to
the board’s choice, “My decision to step down after 24 years of service
as president was made in close consultation with the Board of Governors.
I hold CMCC very dear and all who have come through our doors are very
special to me. I believe that Dr. Wickes has much to offer CMCC and I
know that his skills, depth of experience and leadership will continue
to build on the momentum and innovative programs developed during my
time here. I will miss everyone at CMCC, but I know that I leave it in
very good hands,” she stated.

In his previous role as dean of the
College of Chiropractic at the University of Bridgeport, Wickes was
both chief administrative officer and chief academic officer,
responsible for strategic planning, budget development, interaction with
other colleges and associations, as well as faculty and curriculum
oversight.

Prior to joining the University of Bridgeport, he
served as executive vice-president of two chiropractic institutions –
the National University of Health Sciences in Illinois and the
University of Western States in Oregon. Wickes received his Doctor in
Chiropractic in 1977 from National College of Chiropractic and a Master
of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington
University in 2009. He has been active in the profession at the
international level and was chair of the Council on Chiropractic
Education from 2009 to 2012.

His many accomplishments include the
design and implementation of two master’s degree programs, the
implementation of new organizational structures, development of
articulation agreements with other institutions, implementation of
distance learning, management of new building projects, curriculum
development and the development of standardized patient programs.