Reading the front page headlines from the last year's issues, brings home the accomplishments and vigor of the chiropractic profession:
When it comes time to single out the accomplishments of one individual over the course of a year, the selection process is not a simple one -- there are so many worthy candidates who have worked hard and effectively to advance the chiropractic profession.
When you discuss those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession this past year, Gerard Clum, D.C., president of Life College of Chiropractic West, and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), comes to mind.
When the Bush administration threatened to dump the HEAL loan program, chiropractic lobbied hard and fast. Dr. Clum was at the forefront in that campaign; the HEAL program survived, but Dr. Clum did not stop there. He realized another financial assistance package was necessary to better serve chiropractic students and to eliminate HEAL dependency.
Dr. Clum's played an instrumental role as chairman of the planning committee for the $80 million ChiroLoan financial aid package. The importance of this program, at a time when financial assistance to chiropractic students was steadily dwindling, preserves the opportunity for a new generation to pursue their dream of becoming chiropractors.
If we had to single out one event of 1992 that has the most potential to affect chiropractic for years to come, it would be the development of the Mercy Guidelines. Dr. Clum was one of the nine members of the historic Mercy Center Conference steering committee; he participated in the Conference as one of the 35 chiropractic committee members that developed chiropractic's first practice guideline. When the Conference drew to a close, Dr. Clum was chosen to be chairman of the nine-member Mercy Advisory Committee, the group assigned the task of distributing the Mercy document to the profession.
Naming Dr. Clum Dynamic Chiropractic's "Man of the Year" represents only the most recent among many laurels that have come his way during his distinguished chiropractic career. Crowning his long association with the ICA, the organization's board of directors unanimously voted him ICA "1992 Chiropractor of the Year," the association's highest honor. Dr. Clum has served on the ICA board of directors since 1982, acted as ICA vice president from 1988-1991, and was ICA representative at the WFC's 1991 World Congress of Chiropractic in Toronto and the WFC meeting in Hong Kong in 1992.
A 1973 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Clum began his career in chiropractic education immediately after graduation when he started teaching in Palmer's technique department. In 1977, he became an assistant professor of chiropractic sciences at Life Chiropractic College, and one year later, he was a full professor. Dr. Clum has served as president of Life West 1981. Under his leadership, the college has grown in reputation.
In addition to his many affiliations, Dr. Clum is also a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA). He is licensed to practice chiropractic in five states, is active in community and civic affairs, taking special interest in programs for the disabled.
Dynamic Chiropractic wishes to take this opportunity to express our thanks and congratulations to Dr. Clum for his inspirational leadership and efforts for the profession.
We salut you Dr. Clum, Dynamic Chiropractic's "Man of the Year, 1992."