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NYCC to honor Dr. Kenneth Padgett

New York Chiropractic College will honor Dr. Kenneth W. Padgett, the visionary leader who brought NYCC to Seneca Falls and whose tremendous contributions to the Seneca Falls community and the chiropractic profession will long be remembered. On September 29, the College’s main administration building will be named the “Dr. Kenneth W. Padgett Administration Building.” The distinguished career of Dr. Padgett, currently NYCC’s chancellor and formerly its president, is characterized by his unwavering dedication to service; his staunch commitment to the chiropractic profession; and his significant civic, political and professional achievements. Dr. Padgett treasures the role he played in relocating New York Chiropractic College (formerly Columbia College of Chiropractic) from Brookville, Long Island, to Seneca Falls’ vacated Eisenhower College campus in September of 1991. NYCC’s move to Seneca Falls put to rest fears that a prison would be situated on the land and has enabled the College to flourish. Inspired as a young child by a chiropractor who successfully tended to his brother’s serious bout of croup, Padgett credits both his parents and Dr. Ralph N. Foster, a chiropractor and uncle for encouraging him to pursue the profession. A graduate of Lincoln College of Chiropractic in Indiana, Padgett opened his office in Waterloo, N.Y., in 1954 while stationed at Sampson Air Force Base as a noncommissioned officer. He served patients from Auburn to Geneva and remained in practice there until 1989, at which time he was appointed president of NYCC. Padgett has been president of the American Chiropractic Association, where he is chair of the Legislative Commission; the Association of Chiropractic Colleges, and the New York State Chiropractic Association. He currently remains active as a fellow in the International College of Chiropractors and the American College of Chiropractic. He serves as treasurer for the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, where he chairs the Acupuncture, International Affairs, and Finance committees. In the 1970s, Padgett helped pass legislation enabling workers to be reimbursed for chiropractic treatment of work-related injuries. Actively involved in the local community, Padgett was head of the Waterloo Lions Club, chaired the county’s Republican Party and Chamber of Commerce, and served as county coroner. He was ultimately named by Nelson Rockefeller to assist New York State’s Environmental Facilities Corporation and was asked by President Ronald Reagan to serve as one of his health advisors. Dr. Padgett values the trust that develops between patient and chiropractor, noting that mutual respect contributes greatly to the healing process. He is decidedly in favor of continued professional integration between chiropractic and other healing professions, and feels it is a good sign when chiropractors encourage their patients to participate in health-enhancing activities such as exercise, nutrition and other alternative health care therapies. Together with MaryAnn, his wife of 40-plus years whom he credits for her warm support, Dr. Padgett enjoys travel to Europe and relishes any opportunity to golf in Florida. He returns regularly to Seneca Falls and continues to see his local patients. NYCC will hold a testimonial dinner in Dr. Padgett’s honor and will be compiling a Commemorative Padgett Dedication Journal in which individuals can send a personal message to Dr. Padgett. For more information or to RSVP for the event please contact Jill Henry at 315-568-3151 no later than August 23, 2006. To learn more about NYCC, please visit our web site at www.nycc.edu.

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