May 12, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - Marion chiropractor, Dr. Mark Whitehead, is being recognized at the commencement service Friday with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at John A. Logan College.

"It's definitely a surprise and an honor," Whitehead said. "When I attended Logan, I had the best experience I could ask for as a student. The interaction with instructors was great. We got to know each other on a personal basis and they did everything within their power to prepare me for the next level."

The youngest of five children, Whitehead earned an Associate of Science degree from Logan in 1983 after graduating Marion High School two years earlier and then transferred to SIU-C, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology. Whitehead then attended the Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis to earn his certification as a chiropractor. 

"I've had a practice in Marion ever since 1987," he said. The business has now been in operation for 29 years and Whitehead has completed numerous post-graduate courses with board certification in sports injuries, acupuncture, and whiplash injuries with disability and impairment rating.

Whitehead has also been active in his community, having served as deacon with the Zion United Methodist Church; as board member with the Marion Unit 2 School Board; Marion United Way; and Marion Rotary Club. He is currently the secretary/treasurer of the Marion Rotary Foundation that provides 12 scholarships to Marion High School graduates and also presents the Whitehead Education scholarship to a senior pursuing a degree in education. 

"I credit my parents for instilling in me the value and virtues of an education, hard work, and character," Whitehead said. "I worked to pay for my education."

Whitehead said that what impresses him the most about John A. Logan College is the institution's commitment to the communities it serves in Southern Illinois.

"Logan is the epitome of a community college. The instructors and employees there take a sincere interest in the students, mostly because they are from the immediate area. They help to make the transition from two-year school to four-year school a smooth one for each student."

Whitehead and his wife, Candace (JALC graduate of 1984), have two sons - Christopher a graduate of Logan who is now a junior at the University of Missouri and Kyle, a graduating senior at Marion High School.

"I have supported Logan over the years because I have such an affinity for the college. It meant a lot to me 30-plus years ago and it still means a lot to me today."