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Francis (Frank) Zolli is the founding dean of the first university-based chiropractic program in the United States. He is a graduate of St.Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey where he received a B.S. in Psychology. He next entered the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic (C.I.C.) to study for his professional degree. By the time his studies were completed, C.I.C had become the New York Chiropractic College from which he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. While working on establishing the chiropractic program at UB he received his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Bridgeport. His doctoral dissertation was: Professional Trade Associations, Accreditation Standards and Anti-Trust Legislation: Implications for the Chiropractic Profession. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Hanseo University in South Korea in recognition of his efforts in helping initiate Hanseo’s establishment of a chiropractic program.

In addition to working in chiropractic education, Dr. Zolli also practiced, at various times in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. He retired from private practice in 2004.He is currently a Professor of Clinical Sciences at the UB College of Chiropractic where he teaches the History and Philosophy of Chiropractic, Clinical Orthopedic and Neurological Testing and he supervises patient care.

Higher Education: The Stories Behind the Founding of the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic

The profession of chiropractic began in the United States in 1895. Like any other sociological movement it started from humble beginnings to become what it is today, the largest, drugless healing profession in the world. is achievement has not happened without overcoming obstacles placed in the path of chiropractors looking to advance and validate their profession. One area of validation which eluded the chiropractic profession for nearly a century was in higher education. It took almost 100 years before chiropractic education became part of a university in the United States.

Prior to university affiliation, chiropractic education consisted of free standing institutions which were accredited by their own specialized federally recognized accrediting agency. These institutions gained regional accreditation, but these pro- grams remained conspicuously outside of higher education. When an opportunity presented itself to correct the injustice and isolation which had plagued chiropractic education from its inception, it was embraced. Higher Education is the story of how this opportunity came into being. It chronicles the opportunities, obstacles and eventual success of the chiropractic profession joining the list of professional programs taught at the nation’s institutions of higher learning.

“Well written book and story well told with some of the sarcasm appreciated. The politics of a University is intriguing and the birth of the school fascinating. I hope the role played and the sacrifices made by Dr. Zolli in the advancement of Chiropractic is appreciated by the profession.”

Francis Zolli D.C. Interviews & Media

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