Union Alum to deliver Wittenberg Commencement Keynote

Dr Kim Byas

Union Institute & University Board of Trustees Member, alumnus (Ph.D. 2013) and American Hospital Association Regional Executive Kim Byas, will present the keynote address during Wittenberg University’s 170th Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Dr. Byas graduated from Wittenberg in 1974.

With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, Dr. Kim Byas has served as president, CEO and consultant for a variety of organizations, including Kailo Alliance, Inc. and Coopers & Lybrand. He currently serves as a regional executive for the American Hospital Association, overseeing a region that encompasses Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. He has also served on the boards of directors for the Asian Health Care Leaders Association for the past six years and on the board of directors of Chicago College of Performing Arts for the past 17 years. Additionally, he has served as a board member of March of Dimes for 26 years and currently sits as chairman.

Throughout his career, Dr. Byas has been involved in numerous ambitious healthcare projects. He has written, secured, and managed multiple federal and private foundation grants; evaluated existing programs and developed strategic options; organized and managed multi-county integrated delivery systems in numerous states; established provider networks that include physicians, hospitals, therapists, optometrists, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers; and recruited and trained executive management teams to operate care corporations.

Dr. Kim Byas will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the commencement ceremony in Springfield, Ohio.