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University of Tennessee
Center Graduates 155
Memphis, Tenn. (November 17, 2008) – On Friday,
December 5, the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will graduate 155 health care
professionals. The fall graduation
ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the
Cannon Center for the Performing
Arts in the Cook Convention Center,
255 North Main.
William R. Frey, PhD, dean of the
College of Allied Health Sciences at UTHSC, will
serve as commencement speaker.
Well-known for his thoughtful eloquence Dean Frey’s charge to the graduates is certain to be memorable and
poignant since he is retiring in December.
Dr. Frey has served as dean of the
college since January and was previously interim dean for more than two and a
Dean Frey moved to the
Mid-South and joined UTHSC in 2003. He
will retire with some 35 years of
teaching and administrative experience at educational institutions across the country. Originally from Springfield,
Tenn., Dean Frey is in the midst of his two-year term as president of the Alpha Eta
Society, the largest scholastic
honor for allied health professionals.
The society has 62 chapters and more than 12,600 members throughout the United
“During Bill’s tenure, each of the
six programs within the College of Allied Health Sciences has flourished,”
observed Hershel P. Wall, MD, chancellor at UTHSC. “He has assembled a team of dynamic faculty
members who have created an exciting and supportive interdisciplinary learning
culture that permeates the college. Bill leaves his college well positioned for
continued success and we wish him the
very best in his retirement,” he added.
Chancellor Wall will preside over the graduation ceremony. University
of Tennessee President John Petersen
will confer the degrees.
The 155 graduates represent five of the UT Health Science Center’s six colleges: 22 from
of Allied Health Sciences; three from the College
of Dentistry; 32 from the College
of Graduate Health Sciences; two from the College
of Medicine; and 96 from the College
of Nursing. Traditionally, the
UTHSC Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy graduate large classes in the spring.
flagship statewide academic health system, the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission
of education, research, clinical care and public service, all in support of a
single goal: to improve the health
of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training
opportunities, the main campus is
located in Memphis
and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health
Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine
and College of Pharmacy
campuses in Knoxville, and a College of Medicine
campus in Chattanooga.
For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.