Tim Rice, former chief executive officer (CEO) and current CEO emeritus of Cone Health, will deliver the commencement address at the May 8 UNCG graduation ceremony. In honor of his lifetime of service and contributions to the humanities and to human welfare, Rice will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters as part of commencement ceremonies.
Throughout his more than 35 years in the Greensboro health community, Rice has been a champion for improving care and building community connections. As CEO of Cone Health he strengthened ties with UNCG, Guilford Technical Community College and other Piedmont Triad institutions.
“We are excited to have a commencement speaker of the stature of Tim Rice,” said Acting Chancellor Dana Dunn. “Tim is an inspiring role model, and we know he will endow our 2015 graduates with insight that will serve them well as they begin their personal journey through life.”
Since retiring in 2014, Rice has refocused his energy on leadership by mentoring others and sharing his secrets and philosophy on leadership in a fast moving, volatile healthcare and business environment through teaching and meeting facilitation. Rice is president and board chair of The National Center for Healthcare Leadership and he serves as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Center for Creative Leadership, a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development based in Greensboro.
Born in Colville, Washington, Rice received a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from Washington State University in 1977 and a master’s in health administration from Duke University in 1987.
Rice is a 2012 recipient of the Thomas Z. Osborne Award from the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce and received the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Hospital Association that same year.
Reposted from Campus Weekly