Fred Zuker was born in Dothan, Alabama and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee when he was four. Dr. Zuker attended Notre Dame High School and lived in Chattanooga until he graduated from college when his parents moved to Knoxville, Tennessee.
Dr. Zuker has been in higher education for over 36 years. He has worked in admission, financial aid; enrollment management, alumni relations, institutional advancement and student life at Duke University, Tulane University, Pomona College, the University of California Riverside, and the University of Dallas and on June 1, 2004 became the seventh president of Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. In September, 2008 Dr. Zuker was named Chancellor of Lambuth University. Dr. Zuker has been in private practice as an educational consultant working with families in the college admission/financial aid process. He is completing work on a book for the parents of high achieving, college-bound students.
Dr. Zuker and his wife Melody relocated to Houston in July 2009 when he joined the Texas Chiropractic College community as the Dean of Enrollment Management. He was elevated to Vice President in January 2012, then upon the retirement of Dr. Richard G. Brassard, was selected by the TCC Board of Regents to lead the College as the Interim President, beginning Sept. 1, 2013.
Dr. Zuker holds an AB in history, M.Ed. in counseling and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Duke University. Dr. Zuker’s interest as a psychologist is in the psychological dimensions of the transition from school to college and he has written and spoken widely on these and related topics. He has been an adjunct associate professor of psychology and has taught courses in abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, theories of counseling and the psychology of adolescence. Dr. Zuker is now teaching clinical psychology at TCC and is working on ways to enhance the relationship of counseling theory to chiropractic in the success of patient outcomes.
Dr. Zuker wrote one of the first books on the college admission process titled Peterson’s Guide to College Admission: Getting in to the College of Your Choice. Dr. Zuker has written a monthly column for the Jackson Sun on parenting and he and Melody hosted a weekly radio show titled “Parent Talk.” Dr. Zuker played varsity football at Duke, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has run four marathons. He and his wife Melody are avid movie buffs.