SENECA FALLS — New York Chiropractic College has installed its new president.
Michael Mestan took the oath of office Saturday. Dozens of educational and civic leaders, along with hundreds of students, faculty, staff, family and friends of the institution, attended the ceremony.
Dr. Thomas De Vita, chair of the college’s Board of Trustees, administered the presidential oath of office to Mestan, who is NYCC’s sixth president. The school was established 98 years ago in New York and moved to the former Eisenhower College campus in 1991.
Mestan, who assumed the job in September, succeeds Dr. Frank Nicchi, who served from 2000-17. Nicchi succeeded Dr. Kenneth Padgett (1990-2000). Nicchi and Padgett have both expressed confidence and support for Mestan.
Prior to his selection as president, Mestan was executive vice president and provost at NYCC. He came to the college in 2002.
Mestan said he follows a powerful legacy.
“As NYCC approaches its 100th anniversary in 2019, we embrace our legacy, even as we look toward the future,” he said in his address. “I am indebted to those who served before me. I look at the lineage of presidents, faculty, staff, students and alumni who love and have loved NYCC. And I pledge that this love shall continue. I will work enthusiastically to build on the excellence of what we are doing now, to set a course to achieve goals to which we are committed and to demonstrate by evidence and action the extraordinary value the New York Chiropractic College offers to its stakeholders and the public.”
He added that “it is my greatest privilege to serve as NYCC’s sixth president.”
The investiture was attended by delegates from 14 colleges and universities, some from as far away as California, Oregon, Missouri, Texas and North Carolina. Also attending the event were representatives of affiliated national organizations, including the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, the Council on Chiropractic Education, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and the American Chiropractic Association.
Mestan studied higher education leadership at the University of Rochester’s Warner Graduate School of Education, where he earned master of science and doctor of education degrees in educational administration (with a specialty in higher education). He and his wife, Jill, are the parents of three children.
He was selected in October 2016 by NYCC’s Board of Trustees to follow the retiring Nicchi, who served the college for nearly four decades, including the last 17 as president.