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2018 Commencement Speaker: Dr. John R. Raymond Sr.

Dr. John R. Raymond Sr., president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, leads the state’s only private medical school. He assumed the position as MCW’s sixth president in July 2010. He was previously vice president for academic affairs and provost at the Medical University of South Carolina.    

More than one out of every three Wisconsin physicians is an alumnus of MCW. With approximately 5,650 faculty and staff members, MCW is the eighth largest private employer in Metro Milwaukee.  MCW has an operating budget of approximately $1.1 billion. 

Under Raymond’s leadership, MCW is addressing Wisconsin’s pending physician shortage through the establishment of regional medical school campuses and is training the pharmacists of the future with a new School of Pharmacy. The Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay, based at St. Norbert College, matriculated its first class of students in July 2015 and MCW-Central Wisconsin, located in Wausau, Wis., followed suit in July 2016. MCW’s inaugural pharmacy class matriculated its first class in August 2017.   

A practicing nephrologist who plays active roles in clinical care, teaching and faculty mentorship, Raymond also is a medical researcher studying the basic mechanisms of kidney cell function. He has published more than 140 full-length manuscripts and earned nearly $40 million in grant funding over the course of his career.     

He received his undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from the Ohio State University, and performed his internship, residency, chief residency and nephrology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center. After completing his training, he joined Duke’s faculty where he rose through the ranks to attain tenure.   

Raymond is a member of the boards of directors of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute. He is the past president of the board of the American Heart Association of Metro Milwaukee and served as chairman of the American Heart Association’s 2011 Milwaukee Heart Walk.   

Among Raymond’s many honors are awards for excellence in leadership, research, mentorship, service, diversity, teaching and clinical care. 

Raymond will also receive honorary degree during the St. Norbert Commencement ceremony, as will Dudley Birder, artistic director of the Dudley Birder Chorale.

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