Wofford College President Emeritus to Address MUSC Grads
May 5, 2017
CHARLESTON, SC – Wofford College President Emeritus Benjamin Dunlap, Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina on May 19, 2017.
Approximately 625 graduates will receive degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina’s six colleges during the ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Horseshoe on the MUSC campus.
Dunlap served as Wofford’s president from 2000 to 2013, during which time the college maintained a reputation as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the South. Prior to his position as president, he served on the Wofford faculty as Chapman Family Professor in the Humanities.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Dunlap graduated summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He continued his graduate studies at Harvard University, earning a doctorate in English language and literature. Dunlap served on the Harvard faculty before returning to his hometown to join the faculty of the University of South Carolina, where he was cited as USC Teacher of the Year and received the Russell Award for Distinguished Scholarship.
Deeply versed in the humanities, Dunlap’s interests are widespread and diverse, ranging from literature, intellectual history, Asian studies, film history, and criticism to fiction writing and the fine arts. He is a popular lecturer, and was named one of “Fifty Remarkable People” at the 2007 TED Conference in Monterrey, California, along with former President Bill Clinton, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar and award-winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Dunlap has been affiliated with the Aspen Institute since 1985 and has served as moderator for many of the nonprofit organization’s seminars on leadership.
Dunlap is a prolific author and is an award-winning contributor to more than a hundred programs and series, primarily for public television. He also performed for the Columbia City Ballet for 4 ½ years. He will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
S.C. State Sen. John Matthews Jr. of Orangeburg and Timothy Keating, senior vice president of government operations for The Boeing Company, also will receive honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Pamela Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, president of the American Nurses Association and a former administrator for MUSC, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Founded in 1824, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges and has more than 17,000 employees. As the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $3.2 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $284 million.
As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care available, while training generations of competent, compassionate health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Comprising some 1,600 beds, more than 100 outreach sites, the MUSC College of Medicine, the physicians’ practice plan, and nearly 275 telehealth locations, MUSC Health owns and operates eight hospitals situated in Charleston, Chester, Florence, Lancaster and Marion counties. In 2019, for the fifth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.