Dr. Deborah Trautman ’80, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, will be the commencement speaker at the 128th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the John D. Rockefeller IV Physical Education Building.
A respected academic, prominent speaker, executive, and author on health care and public policy, Dr. Trautman received her BSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an MSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in health policy from the University of Maryland.
Formerly the Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Trautman has held clinical and administrative leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medical. She also served as the Vice President for Patient Care Services for Howard County Central Hospital and as Director of Nursing for Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has authored publications on health policy, intimate partner violence, pain management, clinical competency, change management, cardiopulmonary bypass, the use of music in the emergency department, and consolidating emergency services.
At this Commencement, Wesleyan will honor three candidates with honorary degrees. Those candidates are Dr. Deborah Trautman ’80, long-time WV Wesleyan trustee and prominent banker William B. Grant ’75, and renowned jazz percussionist Roger Humphries. The Reverend Dr. Joseph Kenaston ’81 will deliver his sermon, “A Therefore Moment,” to College graduates during the Baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, May 3 in Wesley Chapel.