Seattle University will welcome best-selling
author Erik Larson as undergraduate commencement speaker and CEO Emeritus of
Providence Health & Services Dr. John Koster will address the graduate
class in ceremonies June 16 at KeyArena at Seattle Center.
Erik has written a number of critically acclaimed books, including his
most recent bestseller, In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An
American Family in Hitler's Berlin, about the first American ambassador to
Nazi Germany. He wrote the bestselling The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and
Madness at the Fair That Changed America, which compellingly recounts a
series of murders committed during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, as well as The Naked Consumer:
How Our Private Lives Become Public Commodities and Lethal
Passage: The Story of a Gun.
author began his career as a journalist, working as a contributing writer for The
Wall Street Journal and Time. His work has appeared in numerous
national magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Harper’s.
John Koster, MD, is CEO Emeritus
of Providence Health & Services, a position to which he was appointed
shortly after announcing his retirement in early 2013. Joining Providence in
April 1997, Dr. Koster was primarily responsible for system operations before he
became president and CEO in 2003.
Koster is frequently included among the 50 most influential healthcare
executives by Modern Healthcare
and this year he was 20th in the nation. Under his
leadership, Providence has continued its commitment to the communities it
serves, especially the poor and vulnerable. Last year the system provided $823
million in community benefit and charity care to improve access to healthcare.
This year, Providence was recognized among the top 20 best-performing systems
in the country in Thomson Reuters’ annual rankings.
Nearly 2,000 students will earn their degrees
from SU this year.
WHEN: Sunday, June 16, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., undergraduate ceremony
3-5 p.m., graduate ceremony
WHERE: KeyArena at Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
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