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Parsons series concludes with Switzer, Winger

Oct 06, 2017
David Switzer

The Ledger concludes its series featuring the 10 inductees to the Parsons College Wall of Honor.

The induction ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

The Parsons College Alumni Association will sponsor a free showing of the documentary “Life Before Fairfield” at 2 p.m. in the convention center.

In the final installment of the series, we highlight David Switzer and William “Bill” Winger.


David W. Switzer,

Class of 1966

BRAINERD, Minn. – Switzer graduated cum laude from Parsons with Bachelor of Science degrees in physics and mathematics. He continued his education at St. Louis University, adding a physics major and math minor.

David added physics and radiation physics courses at the University of Missouri and the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas, respectively.

Switzer is a medical physicist and a distinguished authority in his field. David also holds certifications in radiation oncology physics and diagnostic radiology physics from the American Board of Radiology.

He was a pioneer in the uses of computers in radiology and radiation therapy. David was involved with the early installation of CAT head scanning equipment, MRI imaging equipment inside a hospital radiology department, and worked with the manufacturer during the very early stages in the development of a medical digitally controlled linear accelerator.

Switzer’s leadership roles and memberships to the various boards and committees are lengthy. He’s served as president and national board representative of the American Association of Medical Physicists from the Midwest and Northwest chapters.

He is a board member of the American College of Medical Physics, a member and chairman of the Ethics Committee of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and treasurer of the American College of Medical Physics. A highlight of which David is most proud is helping train more than 25 radiology and radiation therapy residents and more than 100 radiological technologists in radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.

He actually received his first award, “Faculty Plaque of Excellence in Physics,” as a physics tutor at Parsons. David’s been named Fellow of the American College of Medical Physics and the American College of Radiology.

In the community, he’s been heavily involved with the Boy Scouts and church. David’s family roots to Parsons College are deep.

“My great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather joined 98 other Fairfield residents contributing seed money of $100 each that was used to attract the major benefactor, Lewis Baldwin Parsons Jr. for the establishment of a higher educational facility in Fairfield in the late 1800s,” he said. “Parsons was an enclave of a high achievement and entrepreneurial faculty who were strategically interested in undergraduate students and their education. Parsons was an educational experiment, ahead of its time, an effort to be a more efficient educational model.”

Switzer said countless numbers of his relatives graduated from Parsons. David and wife Carol Ann, who have six children and families, reside in Brainerd, Minnesota. He will be presented by his sister, Maxine Switzer Reed.


William “Bill” Winger,

Class of 1964

DENVER – Bill’s talent, leadership and entrepreneurial vision has led him in several directions. He launched his stellar career as an admissions representative and director of admissions right out of college.

But it wasn’t long until Bill was starting his own businesses. First in line was a company called Data Lists, a direct mail list company serving the educational community. Winger’s next venture was the formation of the Admissions Management Corporation, a nationwide college recruiting business, for which he was featured on CBS in a program called “The College Money Crunch.”

Winger was also written-up on the same topic in the New York Times. Shortly thereafter, he was recruited away by the Bell & Howell Corporation and joined their educational sales division.

This move ignited an 11-year career with B&H which saw him promoted to national sales manager for Canada, a job that required extensive traveling and the hiring and training of a sales staff. Bill was later promoted to midwest regional manager, moved to Denver, Colorado, and in 1980 was named Bell & Howell’s “Regional Manager of the Year.”

But a yearning to own his own business lured him away in 1985. He and a partner bought a small secretarial school in Denver and immediately expanded its campuses to Arizona, Montana and Hawaii.

As president and CEO, Bill led the way over a four-year period, from zero dollars in sales to $12 million. He added campuses in Colorado Springs and California.

During this time, Winger served on the National Board of the Career College Association and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. His last hurrah was with the Colorado Private School Association, where he served multiple terms as president. Following the schools being sold to a school company in Arkansas, Bill became president of their online division and retired three years later.

However, he continues to do accreditation visits for an agency out of Washington, D.C. Winger’s community service centers on the Elks, church, “Clothes for Kids,” and serving on several local boards.

At Parsons, Bill earned a business administration degree and was a member and president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Friend Don Samuelson describes Bill as “a born leader,” adding, “I’ve served 42 years in the military and can honestly say, had Bill chosen a military career, he would have retired, no doubt, as a ranking general.”

Bill married his Parsons sweetheart, Donna Hotaling, a Delta Zeta, and recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. He and Donna reside in Denver, have two daughters with families and one granddaughter. Bill will be presented by Don Samuelson.

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