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St. Elizabeth Healthcare president receives honorary degree from Thomas More University

Garren Colvin

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — At the 2022 spring commencement ceremony, the Thomas More University Board of Trustees will award an honorary doctoral degree in medicine, confirmed by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), to Garren Colvin ’86, president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

“Being the first traditional commencement since 2019, we have the perfect opportunity to honor a long-standing member of the Thomas More community, Mr. Garren Colvin,” says Thomas More University President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D. “Mr. Colvin gained a strong educational foundation at Thomas More University and went on to become a driving force for positive change in our community. His career and community involvement illustrate to our new graduates some of the endless possibilities available to them after earning their degree from Thomas More.”

Thomas More’s 94th commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the Connor Convocation Center at the University’s Crestview Hills campus. Approximately 340 students will walk across the stage to receive their degrees in two ceremonies. Mr. Colvin is to be recognized during the 10:30 a.m. ceremony which includes conferral of degrees to graduates in the College of Natural & Health Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.

“I could never have imagined in 1986, when I earned my Bachelor of Arts in accounting and business administration from this same university, that I would now be presented with such a prestigious honor in medicine,” says Colvin. “When I began at St. Elizabeth in 1983 as a co-op student from Thomas More, I had no idea this decision would go on to shape my entire life, both personally and professionally. I had a financial background, but I quickly learned that healthcare is where I wanted to be. It has been so much more than a job. It is a calling that brings purpose, joy and meaning to my life.”

Colvin graduated from Thomas More in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in accountancy. He later went on to serve on the Thomas More Board of Trustees and was elected to the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016. In 2017, Colvin and his wife Susan (Kelsch) Colvin, also a Thomas More graduate hailing from the class of ’89, were the recipients of the Bishop Hughes Award in recognition of the outstanding support they have demonstrated to Catholic higher education and to Thomas More University specifically.

Colvin has served as president and chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare since June 2015 and was active in transitioning several Kentucky offices of Oncology Hematology Care (OHC) to part of the St. Elizabeth network, establishing Northern Kentucky’s first-ever comprehensive cancer center. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and serves on the boards of Kentucky Hospital Association, Foundation for Healthy Kentucky, Kentucky State Chamber, Northern Kentucky Chamber, Kentucky Health Collaborative, Prichard Committee, Balanced Health KY, The Health Collaborative, OneNKY Regional Alliance, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Physicians, St. Elizabeth Provider Network, Healthcare Solutions Network, and Healthcare Advocates of Northern Kentucky.

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