Rob Scott, D.C., Ph.D.

Leading the Vitalistic Academe
In North America and Abroad

TCL would like to recognize and honor Dr. Scott for his leadership and contributions to chiropractic education that include commitment to high academic standards and leading edge learning and teaching androgogy. His ability to translate and apply chiropractic philosophy more broadly across fields such as psychology, business, nutrition, and kinesiology provides Life University – and the chiropractic profession – with a formidable advocate for Vitalism in the shifting healthcare landscape. 

Dr. Scott holds a PhD in Applied Physiology from the University of Minnesota, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University and is also a Diplomate of Chiropractic Philosophical Standards. His master’s degrees include a Master’s of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Master’s of Education in Educational Administration. He attended the University of Guelph to earn his Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics.

Dr. Scott came to Life University in 2005 as the Dean of the College of Chiropractic before moving to Vice Provost and executive leadership roles in Academic Affairs. He has also worked as the Dean of Chiropractic at Northwestern Health Sciences University and as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Logan College of Chiropractic. “I have been honored to serve the LIFE community,” says Dr. Scott. “From our forward-thinking programs to the commitment of our students, faculty and staff, Life University is truly an institution dedicated to social innovation.

Dr. Guy Riekeman, Life University president has said “Dr. Scott has been a long time friend as well as a trusted colleague. I attempted to recruit him 15 years ago because he was an emerging talent. Today, after working together for 10 years, I can say I was correct. He is now at the top of his field and Life University is enriched because of his contributions to education and our vision.”

When TCL asked what he would like his legacy to be and what current projects he’s exciting about, this is what Dr. Scott shared with us:

I am approaching my twenty-fifth year in the chiropractic profession and have had the opportunity and pleasure to serve in senior leadership roles at three chiropractic colleges during that time. I have been involved in many projects over the years, from establishing integrative care clinics, developing new curriculum and educational experiences for students, to working with the foreign governments drafting new Chiropractic legislation.


What is important to me and at the heart of all my effort is a deep personal commitment to preserving and promoting our Vitalistic perspective in the health care conversation. I truly believe that if change is to come in healthcare, we must relentlessly – and articulately – present our chiropractic perspective on health to those who will listen and even those who will not. Achieving the needed change is not a singular initiative but rather a lifelong commitment, one that we hold as a highest priority in our educational programs and values here at LIFE.


Two current projects are important and impactful to our students and the profession. The first is our plans to implement behavior-based assessment in the Doctor of Chiropractic program. To achieve this, we are in the planning, design and construction phase of bringing our Assessment Center to fruition. Having this state- of-the-art facility, combined with our new Computer Based Testing Center, will provide our students a unique and clinically relevant way to learn and demonstrate mastery of the chiropractic curricular content.


The second project that is exciting is our plan to open a campus in Rome, Italy. We are well down the planning phase of this, having identified locations and educational partners, navigated government regulations and partnered with local chiropractors in Italy and the rest of Europe who share our desire to ensure that a vitalistic model of chiropractic is preserved in that region.





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