"Parker students stand out in the market. They are wellness oriented, evidence-based, and well educated in business concepts that will ensure their success."
Dr. Brian McAulayPresidentParker University & Parker Seminars
"My time here has been an amazing journey as well an empowering and exciting experience. Receiving a degree from Parker is a dream come true."
Dove Fedor, Deer Trail, CO
"The financial aid coordinators walked me through the entire process and made things so easy. I wouldn’t be here without their support."
Mick Green, Bridgend, Scotland
"High fives in the hallways. People shaking hands and laughing. This is my family. It makes going through the program easier and more rewarding."
Joe Utash, Lapeer, MI
Dr. Parker Graduates from Palmer School of Chiropractic
In 1943 Jim Parker headed out in the winter of Davenport, Iowa, to enter Palmer School. He progressed well at Palmer, with top grades in his class of 103, eventually graduating in 1946.
1st Parker Seminars
Dr. Jim at the time he taught his first "alpha" seminar. This photograph was used for all ads and publicity during the operation of his 18 Texas Parker Clinics.
The 100th PSPS Seminar Homecoming
The 100th PSPS Seminar would have been a milestone by any measure! But Dr. Jim added a greater dimension to its significance by announcing that this would also be "The Homecoming" Seminar! This class was only the third to be held in the newly declared permanent headquarters of the Blackstone Hotel in Fort Worth.
Bob Hope, Backbone of the Entertainment World
Saturday night during the 182nd PSPS Seminar, Dr. Jim treated the entire seminar to the grand opening of the Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center with Bob Hope. Dr. Jim also presented Bob Hope with a large Texas-shaped Backbone of the Entertainment World plaque.
Parker Seminars Reaches 600
The seminar was doubly named. The "Up Your Goals" was fitting, since it was reported that the March seminar attendance in 1967 had been 155; in March 1968 - 317; in March 1969 - 500; and in March 1970 a whopping 600!
Dr. Jim Survived the MGM Grand Inferno
During some serious hours of reflection as Dr. Jim awaited his rescue. He realized then the importance of organizing and operating the Parker College of Chiropractic. He vowed to himself that, if and when he would ever get out of that horror, he would dedicate the remainder of his life to building the best chiropractic college in the world. With briefcase clutched firmly in hand Dr. Jim was rescued via helicopter from his 25th floor MGM balcony.
Parker College of Chiropractic Alpha Site
The alpha building of Parker College of Chiropractic, Irving Campus. After the events of the remarkable weekend the Parker Seminar attendants were bused to the new college for the dedication program.
Parker College of Chiropractic
First Class Graduates
The first class of 27 students graduated in September 1985. At the May 27th Seminar, 116 "Old-Timers" (who hadn't attended in more than ten years) returned at Dr. Jim's special invitation. In addition, 50 students were present, making"Where the New and Old Meet" Seminar a reality.
Beta Campus Grand Opening
One of the highest of the many highlights of Dr. Jim's remarkable career occurred September 16, 1989, when he cut the blue ribbon signifying the official opening oft he beautiful beta campus.
Enrollment Reaches 1000 Students
After the opening of the Irving campus, enrollment increased dramatically and the college moved to the larger Dallas campus in September 1989. In September 1993, enrollment had reached 1000 students, making it the third largest chiropractic college in the world.
The End of an Era
Parker University (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic) is named for its late founder Dr. James William Parker. For five decades, Dr. Parker's professional passion, skills, and love were directed completely toward chiropractic – from the day he began recuperating from childhood illnesses following chiropractic adjustments until his death in 1997.
Dr. Fabrizio Mancini Becomes President
As a student at Parker College of Chiropractic his passion for life was re-defined to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health and well-being; and in 1999, Dr. Mancini became one of the youngest presidents of a college or university when he was chosen to lead the institution.
Massage School Opens
In 2006, Parker opened the School of Massage Therapy to serve the growing need for massage therapists within chiropractic and other health care professions. The massage school adopted the same high caliber standards, and immediately established the school as one of the premiere massage therapy programs in the country. Today, students learn from the best faculty members in facilities unrivaled by competitive programs.
A New Era Begins
In April 2011, Parker College of Chiropractic officially became Parker University, paving the way for new health care degree programs that expand our students scope of knowledge and provide additional opportunities for Parker graduates to serve more people around the world.
Future Program Development
Changing the name to Parker University paves the way for future program development. Future programs will center on holistic health care and educate students in the latest health care advancements, while still tying back to deeply embedded roots within chiropractic. These new programs will set the stage for growth and position Parker University as one of the premier health care education institutions in the world.
Dr. Brian J. McAulay
Dr. Brian McAulay brings 30 years of experience in higher education and health care practice to his position as president of Parker University. He earned his PhD in management from Temple University, a DC from Pennsylvania College, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
In April 2011, Parker was pleased to announce its transition to university status, marking an enormous achievement for the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who had dutifully carried the vision of Dr. Parker into the 21st century.
This transition marks only one event in a history rich with historic achievements for Parker University. It is this history, and the invaluable contributions of Dr. Parker, that set the foundation for Parker’s future impact on the health care profession.
Hear Parker students talk about the rich history and philosophy of Parker University