Congratulations to Dr. Eric Russell, the Next President of New Zealand College of Chiropractic (NZCC)

by The Atlas of Life on December 29, 2010

Those of you who have read The Atlas of Life probably noticed that over the past month or so I’ve converted this site from my own personal Chiropractic blog to my practice website, focusing more on blog posts and articles aimed at patients and potential patients rather than students or colleagues.

However, I would be a fool not to acknowledge someone who has my utmost respect and deserves a loud and obnoxious CONGRATULATIONS from The Atlas of Life.

On February 1st, 2011, Dr. Eric G. Russell will take over as president of New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Dr. Russell is not only a former professor of mine at Parker College of Chiropractic, but he has been a mentor to me, and more importantly, a friend whose words of encouragement have left a bigger impact on my life and career as a Chiropractor than he realizes. I feel like a large part of my philosophy on Chiropractic and the profession itself were shaped largely by subtle comments and suggestions he made to me during many of our conversations.

It was Dr. Russell who, after finding out I focused on Upper Cervical Chiropractic, directly and indirectly put me in contact with a number of former patients of Mary Ann Pruitt and Sterling Pruitt, Jr., two Upper Cervical Chiropractors who practiced in Fort Worth for decades before passing away in recent years. This deed alone helped me achieve most of my clinic requirements so that I could graduate from Parker College.

After graduation, Dr. Russell was there to help me with equipment I needed so that I could practice Upper Cervical Chiropractic the way our progenitors did (or at least try to as best as a new graduate can). When I spoke at Sherman Lyceum last May, Dr. Russell was there to listen to my thoughts on blogging and social media, neglecting a VERY popular Philosophy presentation worth two CE credits to support me at my first professional speaking engagement.

The amazing part is that my experiences with him are a drop in the bucket when compared to the number of people he has helped in similar fashion. So many other students at Parker have experienced help and guidance from this very humble man, and are the better for it. Not only is Dr. Russell a great Chiropractor, but he is a great leader, and most importantly, a great man.

I want the students and faculty of New Zealand College of Chiropractic to know that they are very blessed to have such a top notch human being to lead them and their school. From time to time, I receive emails from people asking my advice on which Chiropractic college they should attend. Whenever I am asked from now on, I can guarantee you that New Zealand College of Chiropractic will find its way into the conversation, simply because Dr. Eric Russell is the president.

Below is the press release from New Zealand College of Chiropractic announcing Dr. Eric G. Russell as their new president, along with his long list of career achievements.


Dr Eric G. Russell is 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 in 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, IA 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 organisations 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&M University-Commerce, along with their son Blake currently live in Commerce, Texas. He also has a daughter 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,” Dr Russell said. “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 institution as a whole.”

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