President of Leading Hospital System Named Commencement Speaker

Lloyd H. Dean of Catholic Healthcare West to inspire graduates at May 2011 ceremony

Quick Facts
  • Lloyd H. Dean will speak to UC Merced's Class of 2011 at commencement in May.
  • Dean is president and chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare West, the eighth largest hospital system in the nation.
  • Dean has repeatedly been chosen as one of Modern Healthcare magazine's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and one of the Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare.

MERCED, Calif. — The University of California, Merced, has selected Lloyd H. Dean, president and CEO of the nation's eighth largest hospital system, to deliver the keynote address at Commencement 2011 in May.

Dean has led Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) since 2000, helping turn the organization into one of the highest performing systems in the United States in just three years.

"Lloyd Dean is widely recognized in the community and in the healthcare industry as a leader with a strategic vision and a strong personal belief in public service," UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang said. "He is an exemplary role model for our graduates — the leaders of tomorrow."

Improving the health of the San Joaquin Valley and the state has been and will continue to be a major emphasis at UC Merced. The newest UC campus is already playing an integral role in addressing a variety of health-related issues from air and water quality research to studying health disparities to preparing the best and brightest students for rewarding careers in medicine in the traditionally underserved San Joaquin Valley.

Dean shares a similar passion to providing excellent healthcare, especially to the underserved. He played a major role in building Merced's newly opened Mercy Medical Center, a much-needed community resource.

photo of Lloyd Dean Lloyd H. Dean, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare West, will speak to UC Merced's Class of 2011 at commencement in May.

"The new facility is a precious resource for the citizens of Merced and the region," Kang said, noting that UC Merced students are gaining hands-on experience volunteering in the Emergency Services Department at the hospital.

Dean has been recognized for his leadership abilities by state and national organizations — he was named one of Modern Healthcare magazine's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare for 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008; and one of the Top 25 Minority Leaders in Healthcare for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010. He also has been honored for his public service by the Bay Area chapter of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc.

In 2004, Dean was appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth. He also chairs the Bay Area Council's Healthcare Committee, sits on the boards of Wells Fargo & Company and Mercy Housing Inc. and is the chair-elect of the Catholic Health Association of the U.S. He received the Partners in Care 2007 Mathies Award for Vision and Excellence in Healthcare Leadership.

CHW operates 41 acute-care hospitals in California, Arizona and Nevada, as well as medical clinics, home health organizations, health plans and medical practice. The company has $11 billion in assets and employs about 55,000 staff and 10,000 physicians.

Every year, the Chancellor's Cabinet is responsible for selecting and inviting the commencement keynote speaker. In addition, a graduation committee of students meets to plan end-of-the year activities and to select the class gift and student speaker.

Previous Commencement Speakers

Previous commencement speakers have included:

  • 2010 — Broadcast Journalist Lester Holt
  • 2009 — First Lady Michelle Obama
  • 2008 — Syndicated Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr.
  • 2007 — Lt. Gov. John Garamendi
  • 2006 — Founding Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey

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