• KCU Awards Highest Honorary Degree to KC's Prominent Businessmen

    Terry Dunn Honorary Degree Kansas City, Mo. (May 17, 2014) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU), the largest medical school in Missouri and one of the oldest osteopathic medical schools in the country, conferred the honorary degree, doctor of humane letters, to Kansas City business and civic leader, Terry Dunn, president and chief executive officer of J.E. Dunn Construction Group, on Saturday, May 17, at its commencement ceremony held at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

    The doctor of humane letters is only awarded to an individual for their contributions, both personal and professional, to the betterment of all humanity.

    “This honorary degree is our university’s highest tribute and one that KCU does not award every year,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  “Mr. Dunn’s commitment and faith in our institution helped KCU identify a course of action for moving toward our vision to become the most student-focused medical university in the nation. He is a man whose leadership, philanthropy and outstanding accomplishments within the community place him among those who deserve this tribute.”

    Approximately 2,500 people attended the commencement ceremony for 274 graduates of both the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Biosciences to see special guest Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, deliver the keynote address, as well as the conferring of the University’s 10,000th doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.

    Ross-Lee is considered a trailblazer for her achievements in medicine, health policy and education.  She overcame the adversity and obstacles that our society in the late 1960s presented to women and minorities who endeavored to become physicians. She was the first female African-American dean of an American medical school when she joined the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993. She currently serves as the vice president of health sciences and medical affairs at the New York Institute of Technology.  While Ross-Lee made history for African-American women in medicine, her younger sister, Diana Ross, achieved her own success and celebrity status in the music industry as the lead singer for the Supremes.

    About KCUMB
    Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private university, with a College of Biosciences and a College of Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the oldest medical school in Kansas City, Mo., and the largest in the state. It is the second-leading provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with nearly 70 percent practicing in a primary care specialty.

    Posted: 05/17/2014

    Category: Osteopathic Medicine, General