Dr. Clum is a 1973 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic where he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. In the early 1970s he practiced in Davenport, Iowa and accepted an appointment as an instructor at his alma mater. In 1975 with the founding of Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia by Dr. Sid E. Williams, Dr. Clum was appointed a member of the charter faculty, the “Day One Faculty”, of Life Chiropractic College. Dr. Clum went on to serve as the Registrar and Director of Admissions at Life Chiropractic College and ultimately as the Chair of the Division of Chiropractic Sciences at the College. In 1980 Dr. Clum was awarded an honorary Doctor of Chiropractic Humanities for his efforts in the development years of the College.
In January 1981 Dr. Clum was appointed President of Life Chiropractic College West (Hayward, CA). He served in that role for the next 30 years through January 2011. At the time of his retirement from Life Chiropractic College West Dr. Clum was provided with the title President Emeritus by the Board of Regents of Life Chiropractic College West.
In March 2011 Dr. Clum accepted a faculty appoint at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. At that time, he was named the Director of The Octagon at Life University as well as the President’s Liaison for External Affairs. Subsequently, he was appointed Director of the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics also at Life University.
Dr. Clum has been active in the profession throughout his entire career serving in the following organizations:
Association of Chiropractic Colleges; founding board member, member and officer having passed through all of the chairs of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges
Council on Chiropractic Education, served as a representative of Life Chiropractic College West to the Board of Directors for approximately 20 years, as a member of the Executive Committee and as the Treasurer of the Council on Chiropractic Education
International Chiropractors Association, served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 20 years, as a member of the Executive Committee and as Vice-President of the International Chiropractors Association
World Federation of Chiropractic, served as a founding member of the WFC Council (Board of Directors) for over 25 years, and as an officer having passed through all of the chairs of the World Federation of Chiropractic
Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, served as a member of the board of directors for over ten years, and as a member of the Executive Committee and spokesperson for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
His career accomplishments include guiding Life Chiropractic College West through Recognized Candidate for Accreditation (RCA) status onto Accredited status with the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE).
He was a founding member and as secretary-treasurer completed the formation and incorporation of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) in 1983. While serving as president of the ACC Dr. Clum spearheaded the development and implementation of the ChiroLoan program in cooperation with Education Funding Services of Hyannis, MA. He was a member of founding Council (board of directors) of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) in 1988.
In the early 1990s he was honored as Chiropractor of the Year by the International Chiropractors Association, “Man of the Year” by Dynamic Chiropractic and in a poll of the readers of Dynamic Chiropractic was identified as being among the top 5 most respected leaders in the chiropractic profession. In 1999 he led the effort of Life Chiropractic College West to purchase an $11 million 12-acre campus in Hayward, California and then saw through a $17 million renovation of the campus into the current home of Life Chiropractic College West.
In 2003-2005 Dr. Clum co-chaired the Identity Consultation of the chiropractic profession conducted by the World Federation of Chiropractic.
In 2014 Dr. Clum was the recipient of the Lee-Homewood Award of the Association for the History of Chiropractic. In 2015 he received the 2015 Honour Award of the World Federation of Chiropractic. In 2018 Dr. Clum was honored by Life University with the granting of the University’s first award of the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters for his dedication and service to the chiropractic profession.