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New president at NZ College of Chiropractic

Maria DiDanieli   


Dec. 27, Auckland, NZ – Dr. Eric Russell has been appointed as the new president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

Dec. 27, Auckland, NZ – Dr. Eric Russell has been appointed as the new president of the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

“We have been honoured by the extremely high caliber of candidates for this position,” Dr. Phil McMaster, board chairman said today. “The board engaged in an extensive worldwide search, and the outcome has been exceptional.”


“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Russell and his family to New Zealand. The College has never been in better shape and Eric will be taking us further into our next phase of development and growth.”

Dr. Russell becomes the first Chiropractic Philosophy Diplomate to be named president of a chiropractic college. He is a 1996 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa and is very active in the chiropractic profession. Besides maintaining a very busy practice, Dr. Russell is also an associate professor of chiropractic techniques and philosophy and the director of institutional philosophy at Parker College of Chiropractic.

A published author and speaker on chiropractic, Dr. Russell has received several awards and recognition including 2010 Faculty Member of the Year by Parker College of Chiropractic, 2009 Texas Chiropractor of the Year by the Chiropractic Society of Texas, 2000 Illinois Chiropractor of the Year by the Illinois Prairie State Chiropractic Association, named to the Palmer College of Chiropractic Great Hall of Philosophers (August 2009), On Purpose Chiropractor of the Month from CLA (March 2009), Student Recruitment Award from Palmer College of Chiropractic (2003), ICA Assembly Representative of the Year(2002), and elected a Distinguished Fellow by the ICA (2001) to name a few.

Dr. Russell is currently the chairman of the board of directors of the ICA Council of Chiropractic Philosophy, a past-president of the Chiropractic Society of Texas, former member of the board of directors of the International Chiropractors’ Association (ICA), past-president of the Texas Palmer College of Chiropractic International Alumni Association and past-president of the Loyal Legion of Chiropractic Philosophers.

Dr. Russell is also very active in his local community. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Commerce Municipal Chamber of Commerce, Commerce Economic Development Corporation and the Northeast Texas Children’s Museum. Dr. Russell is also the past-president of the Commerce Lion’s Club and is looking forward to becoming involved in the Auckland community.

Dr. Russell and his wife, Yvonne Villanueva-Russell PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A and M University-Commerce, along with their son Blake, currently live in Commerce, Texas. He also has a daughter named Erika who is a primary school teacher in Illinois.

“The New Zealand College of Chiropractic has a great reputation for supporting vitalism throughout the curriculum, rigorous and innovative academic instruction, and progressive subluxation-based research. These competencies that have distinguished the New Zealand College as an academic leader in our profession are very dear to me, competencies that I personally strive to develop and uphold,” said Dr. Russell. “These characteristics, coupled with a culture of love and certainty, are what make the New Zealand College unique and what, quite frankly, made me fall in love with their students, faculty, administration and the institution as a whole.”

Dr. Russell will commence his role at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic in February 2011.

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