KCUMB Awards Highest Honorary Degree to One of KC’s Prominent Businessmen

Kansas City, Mo. (May 17, 2014) – Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB), 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 Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

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

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

Approximately 2,200 people attended the commencement ceremony for 274 graduates of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Biosciences to see special guest Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., who served as keynote speaker as well as the conferring of the University’s 10,000th doctor of osteopathic medicine degree.

Ross-Lee is considered a trailblazer for her for her achievements in medicine 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-largest provider of physicians within the states of Missouri and Kansas, with nearly 70 percent practicing in a primary care specialty.

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