Wickes outlines priorities as new CMCC president
By Mari-Len De
The new president of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College has been officially inaugurated last week, in a ceremony held at the college’s CCPA Hall and attended by faculty, staff, students, alumni and other guests.
Governors chair, Dr. Mark Labrecque, on behalf of the Board of Governors, officially inaugurated Dr. David Wickes, who assumed the CMCC presidency on July 1, 2014.
In his inaugural address, Wickes vowed to pursue three main agenda during his term: education, research and patient-care.
said previous president Dr. Jean Moss has set a very high bar and he
will continue to build on the successes of the college. He declared, “I
promise to leave CMCC in an even better position for the future
president of CMCC – many, many years from now.”
relocated to Toronto from Bridgeport, CT, last summer to join CMCC. He has a strong
foundation in academic administration. His many accomplishments include
the design and implementation of 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, fundraising and the development of student assessment
In a press statement, Wickes said, “My priority as
president is to work closely with our Board of Governors and to listen
to and collaborate with 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 building on the solid foundation and excellent reputation of
CMCC. I am wholly committed to the mission and vision of this great
institution and eager to carry those forward.”
The new CMCC
president received well wishes and greeting from several personalities
in the chiropractic and education community, including: David O’Bryon,
president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges; Ellen Vogel,
president of the Canadian Association of Health Sciences Deans; Dr.
Robert David, president of the Canadian Chiropractic Association; Dr.
Kristina Peterson, president of the Ontario Chiropractic Association;
Dr. Ron Brady, president of the CMCC Governors’ Club; Dr. David Starmer,
chair of the CMCC Faculty Council; Alfredo Petrone, president, CMCC
Students’ Council; and Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament.
In his remarks, Lunney noted CMCC’s “predominant role” in the development of the chiropractic professionl in Canada.
my view on the Hill, chiropractic has what we need to achieve
sustainable health care,” he said. “Canada must embrace innovation,
effectiveness and cost-effectiveness or we will lose our competitiveness
internationally… This is an area where chiropractic has much to offer.”