Former cabinet member to speak at 2012 winter graduation

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (Nov. 15, 2012) - Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush, will deliver the commencement address at UMES' winter graduation exercises.  The event will be held Friday, Dec. 14 at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center starting at 10 a.m.  

    Sullivan, a physician who for more than two decades was president of Atlanta's Morehouse School of Medicine, remains active in the health care profession. He is board chairman of the National Health Museum in his native Atlanta, which works to promote health literacy and healthy behavior. He serves as chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Sullivan Alliance to Transform America's Health Professions.  

    Sullivan moved to Washington in 1989 to manage the federal agency responsible for the nation's health, welfare, food and drug safety, medical research and income security programs.  His efforts to improve health and healthy behavior included the introduction of new food labels. He spoke out about the danger from tobacco use and led the effort to prevent the introduction of a non-filtered, mentholated cigarette. He is credited with implementing greater gender and ethnic diversity in senior positions during his four years leading the federal agency.  

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    Sullivan was chairman of President George W. Bush's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and was co-chair of the President's Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006.

    He graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College in 1954 and earned his medical degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Medicine in 1958.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor societies. Certified in internal medicine and hematology, he holds a mastership from the American College of Physicians.

    Sullivan is the recipient of more than 55 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctor of medicine degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In July 2002, he was named president emeritus of the Morehouse medical school.

    He is a member of the board of directors of United Therapeutics Corp., a biotechnology company, and Henry Schein Inc., a health care products and services provider. He is a former member of the board of Africare, co-founded by UMES alumnus C. Payne Lucas.

    Bill Robinson, director, Office of Public Relations, (410) 621-2355

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