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AZ: Midwestern University President and CEO Named Arizona Business Leader of the Year

December 01, 2014

by Office of Communications

Midwestern University President and Chief Executive Officer, Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., has been named Arizona Business Leader of the Year by Arizona Business Leaders magazine.

Dr. Goeppinger received the award at a special presentation held at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, on Thursday, October 30. The Honorable Greg Stanton, Mayor of Phoenix, also spoke at the event, which honored Arizona's top business and community leaders as judged by Arizona Business Leaders.

The Arizona Business Leader of the Year Award was presented by Robert Milligan, Chief Financial Officer of the Healthcare Trust of Arizona, Inc.

Dr. Goeppinger is the primary administrator for Arizona's largest health professions university and exercises direct executive oversight for all educational and clinical operations of the University and its healthcare facilities at campuses in Glendale, Arizona and Downers Grove, Illinois. Under Dr. Goeppinger's leadership, Midwestern University has undertaken a determined effort to expand medical residency programs within the State of Arizona to address critical shortages in family medicine, particularly in the state's rural areas. Dr. Goeppinger has championed the importance of providing new physicians and affordable healthcare for Arizonans, and works closely with State legislators and community groups to make sure this happens. Forty-four percent of the over 6,500 graduates from all Midwestern University programs since 1995 have remained and established their practices in the state.

Since Dr. Goeppinger became President and Chief Executive Officer of the University in 1995, Midwestern has invested over $400 million in Glendale. The University's Glendale Campus features 38 state-of-the-art buildings that include four community clinics - the Multispecialty Clinic, Dental Institute, Eye Institute, and the new Companion Animal Clinic at the Animal Health Institute, which is projected to open in December. In addition to housing Arizona's largest medical school, Midwestern University's Glendale Campus is also the home to Arizona's first and only College of Veterinary Medicine, which matriculated its inaugural class in August 2014.

In addition to her duties at Midwestern University, Dr. Goeppinger donates her time to philanthropic boards, sharing her experience and vision to help the West Valley. A former President of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, she is currently a member of the board of directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, YWCA Maricopa County Honorary Board, Downers Grove Economic Devel­opment Corporation, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Independent Colleges and Universities of Arizona, and the Franciscan Alliance, Inc. She is also a past board member for Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Dr. Goeppinger's guidance and leadership have inspired Midwestern University students and employees to provide nearly 10,000 hours of community service annually (with an equivalent monetary value of over $1.4 million) by participating in a wide variety of outreach programs, including Cuts for Kids, which raises money and collects donated hair for children with medical hair loss; Give Kids a Smile, an annual event that offers free dental treatment and education for children and their families; TOPS (Team of Physicians for Students), a program that screens high school athletes for potential health issues; the summer Health Careers Institute for Arizona high school youth; health screenings and education throughout the state; numerous educational events in the community; and expert advice through the Midwestern University Community Health Lecture Series.

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