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Life University was founded in 1974 by Dr. Sidney E. Williams, D.C. as Life Chiropractic College, using half of a building of what was, at the time, the Georgia Unemployment Office. Twenty-two students attended the first classes in January 1975. Since that "Day-One Class," the school has grown both in enrollment and physical space, acquiring land and buildings, and constructing new facilities. Currently, Life University occupies 104 acres of the property on the northwest corner of the intersection of Cobb Parkway (US 41) and South Cobb Drive (US 253) in Marietta, Georgia
By 1990, Life College had grown to become the largest chiropractic college in the world. In 1996, Life College expanded its degree offerings to include an undergraduate school, and became Life University. In June 2002, Life University's accreditation was questioned by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Accreditation by the CCE was temporarily suspended before being restored by a Federal Court injunction. Life University was put on temporary probation by SACS, but returned to normal status soon after the accrediting restoration by CCE. During this time, Dr. Sid Williams resigned as President of Life University.
Michael Schmidt, D.C. was installed as interim President in July 2002. Dr. Schmidt diverted resources from many of the programs and initiatives secondary to academics, such as the athletic program, in order to keep the University solvent. Other cost-cutting measures included workforce reductions, and the sale of off-campus administrative and industrial buildings owned by the university. During the relative uncertainty of this period in LIFE's history, enrollment dropped significantly.
In January 2003, Benjamin DeSpain, Ph.D. was named President. Prior to his arrival, Dr. DeSpain had developed a reputation in his previous positions in higher education for turning the most challenging situations into opportunities for growth. It was during his tenure that the University's programmatic accreditation was restored retroactively by the Federal Court.
In March 2004, Guy F. Riekeman, D.C. was installed as President of Life University, and he currently remains President today. Dr. Riekeman, former Chancellor of Palmer Chiropractic University, played a key role in restoring Life University's credibility as an institution of higher learning. Within months of his appointment, he raised millions of dollars for capital expenditures and operating costs. Dr. Riekeman also led the University through reaffirmation of accreditation by SACS and CCE. Enrollment began growing again in 2004, and has been increasing consistently ever since. By 2008, Life University once again housed the largest chiropractic college in the world, a distinction it holds to this day.