Dr. John McConnell, CEO, WFUBMC, Will Be Commencement Speaker

1,000 Students to Graduate from Forsyth Tech in May

(WINSTON-SALEM, May 4, 2010) – Dr. John McConnell, Chief Executive Officer of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, will be the speaker at Forsyth Technical Community College’s commencement exercises on Thursday, May 13. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

McConnell is a leader in the field of urology and former department chair. His career achievements include building an integrated health system at a Dallas academic medical center prior to becoming Wake Forest Baptist’s first CEO.

McConnell is committed to promoting quality in every aspect of the tripartite academic medical center mission: providing the leading edge of patient care, advancing and applying research knowledge for patient benefit, and training the next generation of medical leaders. His experience as a physician, researcher, teacher and administrator inform his leadership in addressing the challenges of 21st century health care.

McConnell earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and his medical degree at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine. He completed his urology residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He is an internationally known researcher and clinician in prostate disease and has been named among America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Doctors for Cancer and Best Doctors in America. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2004 and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and 10 books.

Approximately 1,000 Forsyth Tech students will earn associate’s degrees, certificates and diplomas that signify completion of their programs of study. Forsyth Tech offers credit programs in Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technologies, Engineering Technologies, and Health Technologies.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and there will be no charge for parking at the Coliseum.