Undergraduate commencement features address by Wiley W. Souba ’75 and baccalaureate speech by Myron E. Moorehead II ’58
University held its undergraduate commencement exercises on May 11,
featuring an address by 1975 alumnus Dr. Wiley W. Souba. The
baccalaureate address was delivered by 1958 alumnus Dr. Myron E.
Moorehead II. Bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of
science in nursing degrees were conferred.
Dr. Souba serves Dartmouth College as vice
president for health affairs, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine,
professor of surgery and professor of business administration in the
Tuck School of Business. His was previously vice president and
executive dean for Health Sciences and dean of the College of Medicine
at The Ohio State University; chair of the Department of Surgery at Penn
State University College of Medicine, surgeon-in-chief at Penn State
Hershey Medical Center and director of the Penn State Hershey Center for
Leadership Development; chief of surgical oncology at the Massachusetts
General Hospital and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and
a faculty member of the University of Florida College of Medicine.
Recognized by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America for
surgical oncology, Dr. Souba’s scientific research on amino acid
metabolism in relation to intestinal cancer is funded by the National
Institutes of Health. A prolific author of peer-reviewed journal
articles and co-editor of the Journal of Surgical Research, he
is active in multiple professional societies and serves on the
administrative board of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
He is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter on health care
leadership and leadership development.
Dr. Souba graduated summa cum laude from
Muskingum with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He earned
his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at
Houston, a doctor of science degree in Nutritional Biochemistry at the
Harvard School of Public Health and a master of business administration
degree from the Boston University College of Business. He served a
residency at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and
fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute (Boston, MA), and surgical oncology at MD Anderson Hospital
and Tumor Institute (Houston, TX).
He is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, and moved
to the New Jersey area as a teenager. He and his wife, Lynne Hayes
Souba, reside in Hanover, NH, and are the parents of a son and a
In his commencement address, Dr. Souba referred
to what he coined “The Muskingum Multiplier,” or the high value of a
Muskingum education coupled with the students’ own sense of commitment
and personal dedication. “Today,” he said, “you go out into the world
as our new leaders. Be bold, be confident and don’t be afraid to set
the bar high. Your actions are the best definition of your true self.”
In recognition of his achievements, the university bestowed upon Dr. Souba the honorary degree of doctor of science.
In her remarks to the graduating class, Muskingum
University President Dr. Anne C. Steele said, “Today is your day. You
have worked hard and with distinction. Your Muskingum education is a
cornerstone of your life, and it will continue to serve you and shape
Taylor W. Arnold ’13 represented the class of
2013. The charge to the class from the faculty was presented by
Associate Professor of Business Gary Golden and the charge from the
Board of Trustees was presented by alumnus and Board Chair Harold W.
baccalaureate service was held at 10:00 a.m. In his address, Dr.
Moorehead “You are prepared to flourish and do your part. Remember that
you must first serve before you can lead. Allow yourself to take a
chance so you can make a change.”
In recognition of his lifetime of work, Dr. Moorehead was granted an honorary doctor of science degree.
Dr. Myron Moorehead is a private practice
physician specializing in gynecology and laser micro surgery, and the
founder and director of the Women’s Laser Institute and the Fibroid
Center. He has pioneered laser treatment of fibroids for gynecological
and infertility problems, providing women throughout the New Orleans
metropolitan area with alternatives to hysterectomy.
An active community leader, Dr. Moorehead was
elected in 1999 to serve as King Zulu, representing Mardi Gras’ largest
predominantly African-American carnival krewe established in 1909. He
took an historic step forward to create a new Mardi Gras tradition,
becoming the first King Zulu to formally meet with Rex, the King of
Carnival representing the predominantly-white krewe founded in 1872.
Their meeting took place 50 years after Louis Armstrong reigned as King
Zulu in 1949, and 31 years after the Zulu krewe first appeared on the
city’s main parade route in 1968. Since Dr. Moorehead launched the
tradition, the formal meeting of krewe Kings has endured as an annual
rite of “Lundi Gras” (Fat Monday).
Dr. Moorehead is dedicated to furthering
education, human services, civic development, and the arts. He has
served as chairman of the board of Xavier University of Louisiana and of
the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and as a board member of Covenant
House of New Orleans, the Audubon Institute, Jefferson Performing Arts
Society, Contemporary Arts Center, Pennington Biomedical Research
Foundation, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, and the Zulu Social
Aid and Pleasure Club. He has helped shape Muskingum’s future through
his service on the University Board of Trustees.
A biology major at Muskingum, Dr. Moorehead
earned his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville,
TN. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Walter
Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. and served in the United
States Air Force. He is a fellow of the American Congress of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a leader in multiple professional
societies. He and his wife, Patricia, reside in Kenner, Louisiana, and
are the parents of three children.
Itunu D. Dacosta ’13 read the scripture lesson for baccalaureate and Kara M. Kimes ’13 led the Collect.