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WKU Regents approve honorary doctorate for Don Dizney

WKU’s Board of Regents on Friday (Oct. 31) approved an honorary doctorate of public service degree for Donald R. Dizney, founder and chairman of the board of the United Medical Corporation.

The degree will be awarded at the Dec. 13 commencement.

UMC has the responsibility for the development of a network of nursing homes in the Southeast, a network of acute-care hospitals, a multiple-location certified home health agency network, the largest privately held network of hospitals in the Caribbean located in Puerto Rico, pediatric specialty hospitals, behavioral specialty hospitals, reference laboratories and a variety of management services.

Dizney, who lives in Palm Beach, Florida, transferred to WKU in 1962 and attended through fall 1964. While at WKU, he worked at the Bowling Green-Warren County Hospital, predecessor to The Medical Center, where he was helped by mentors such as Helen Turner.

In 2013, Dizney made a gift to name the Dizney Clinical Learning Center in Memory of Helen Turner at the WKU Health Sciences Complex.

Dr. Phillip Bale of Glasgow, chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, said Dizney was a true public servant. “He has always given back to the community,” Dr. Bale said.

Regents also approved a Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology through the Department of Psychology in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The 48-hour program, WKU’s fourth applied doctorate, will go before the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education on Nov. 21 and the first class will start in the fall of 2015.

The program’s mission is to train competent doctoral-level practitioner/scholars who have core foundations in interpersonal and scientific skills, mastery of clinical practice and evidence-based interventions and application of their knowledge and skills in a range of settings, including rural and underserved populations.

The program will help fill the “dearth of mental health professionals, especially in rural Kentucky,” Dr. Bale said.

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In other business, the Board:

  • Approved emerita status for Laurin Notheisen, Professor of Art, and Lou-Ann Crouther, Associate Professor of English;
  • Swore in Barbara Burch, professor in the Educational Leadership program and provost emeritus, as faculty regent;
  • Approved a resolution of appreciation for outgoing faculty regent Patricia Minter, who completed her final meeting. “The campus is very aware of how serious she took her responsibilities,” WKU President Gary Ransdell said.

Contact: Bob Skipper, (270) 745-4295.

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