A Message from the President
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Parker University and to congratulate you on reaching this milestone.
Professional mastery, loving service, personal responsibility, passion, self-actualization, and a fulfilled life’s journey – it is my hope, desire, and intent that you will experience these traits at Parker in a very real way, every single day!
Parker is a university built purposely to espouse a spirit, a soul, an underlying mission: service to others. This mission originated with our founder, Dr. James W. Parker, and has been the bedrock of Parker University since its inception.
My favorite quote comes from the famed humanitarian and theologian, Albert Schweitzer, “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”
I truly believe that fulfillment in life only comes when you have discovered your unique gifts, talents, and place to serve. At Parker, we are here not just to teach, but to help you to discover where you can best serve humanity.
The faculty and staff of Parker University are now your partners in achieving not only your goal of a diploma, but also our goal of creating competent and confident professionals who are equipped for success in life. While there are several programs and degrees at Parker, a fundamental posit of our philosophy is that our bodies were created with an innate system of self-regulation. We respect and support that inborn system with a holistic evidence-based approach to healthcare.
I look forward to the day when you and I will share a special moment, a major milestone in your life, when I look you in the eyes, shake your hand, and present you with your hard-earned diploma. That moment will memorialize your achievement, sacrifice, and dedication, and you will be transformed from student to trusted colleague.
You have a journey ahead with plenty of hard work and sacrifice, but along the way you will make lifelong friends, many memories, and profound discoveries about yourself. Enjoy the journey.
Meet Dr. William E. Morgan
Chiropractor to Congress, Supreme Court, and the White House, Parker University’s Seventh President, Active Texas Chiropractic Association Member, and proud Texan
Dr. Morgan has a long history of serving in military healthcare. At age 17, he joined the Navy and served with a Marine Recon company as a special operations technician hospital corpsman. During that time, he qualified in parachuting, military diving, submarine insertion, jungle warfare, combat swimming, explosives, mountaineering, winter warfare and Arctic survival. Additionally, he attended anti-terrorist training at the FBI Academy. After leaving active military service and transferring to the Navy Reserves, Dr. Morgan began his educational journey to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. While at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West, he transferred to a Naval Special Warfare platoon as the unit’s primary hospital corpsman.
In 1985, Dr. Morgan received his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic–West and soon after, married fellow Palmer graduate, Clare Pelkey. They practiced for thirteen years in California. In 1998, Dr. Morgan was chosen to establish the first chiropractic clinic at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which later became Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In 2015, Walter Reed recognized Dr. Morgan with its highest honor for clinical excellence, the Master Clinician’s Award. During the last 18 years at the military’s most prestigious medical centers, he practiced in an integrative setting, providing chiropractic care to the injured troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the year 2000, Dr. Morgan was appointed as the Chiropractor to Congress at the U.S. Capitol. At the Office of the Attending Physician to Congress, doctors of many specialties care for members of Congress and the Supreme Court. In 2007, Dr. Morgan began serving as the White House Chiropractor. He was appointed chiropractor for the United States Naval Academy football team in 2009 (which never lost to Army while under his care).
In 2011, Dr. Morgan was appointed to the United States Navy Musculoskeletal Continuum of Care Advisory Board, an entity created to address the prevalent injuries sustained by U.S. Armed Forces Personnel during active-duty operations. Dr. Morgan also served on the Spine Subcommittee, which helps develop care algorithms for treating spinal conditions and determining the future of musculoskeletal management in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Dr. Morgan has completed a 2,000-hour residency in Integrated Medicine. He served on the Board of Trustees for Palmer College of Chiropractic for ten years. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and has held adjunct faculty positions at F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and New York Chiropractic College. Additionally, Dr. Morgan served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), helping to implement the VA’s chiropractic benefit and advocate for chiropractic research
Parker University inaugurated William E. Morgan as their seventh President in 2016. Under his leadership, the University has grown exponentially in enrollment and brand recognition and, in 2022, it secured full reaffirmation accreditation with no concerns by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Upon arriving in Texas, he became an active member and supporter of the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA). Almost immediately, he organized a leadership summit to establish a legislative agenda strategy for chiropractors in Texas. Texas Chiropractors had not won a significant legislative victory in two decades, but in 2017 four bills advantageous to the chiropractic profession passed. Additionally, Morgan has assisted in fundraising, membership recruitment, and awareness for the TCA. As lifetime member of the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), he has also held several leadership positions in the organization and continues to serve on the Advisory Board and Ethics Committee. He is also a board member of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges.
Dr. Morgan is the recipient of many prestigious awards, namely:
- The American Chiropractic Association Chairman’s Award of Valor, 2003
- Chiropractor of the Year from the American Chiropractic Association, 2003
- Doctor of Laws, L.L.D. (honoris causa), National University of Health Sciences, 2004
- Master Clinician Award, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 2015
- The Keeler Plaque: “Chiropractor of the Year” awarded by the Texas Chiropractic Association in 2018
- TCA President’s Award, 2019-2020
- 2022 Congressional Veteran Commendation for the Twenty-Fourth Congressional District of Texas
Check out what exciting things our president is up to! Dr. Morgan is constantly looking for opportunities to keep Parker University ahead and make it a leading institution.
Dr. William E. Morgan, NASA Health & Performance Tour
Have a peek at Parker’s tour of a NASA facility
Parker University Olympic Training Facility Tour
Colorado Springs – 2022
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Point of View
First African American Woman and Vice President of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Board32:17
Parker Success Academy
Dr. Morgan on Lumbar Stenosis
Take Dr. Morgan’s course on Lumbar Stenosis and earn a Continuing Education credit.
Reach out to Dr. William Morgan’s office for any speaker requests or appointments.