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Alum, health care administrator to give Commencement address

More than 650 candidates for graduation, their families and friends will congregate at 2 p.m., Friday, May 6 in the Dunn Center for APSUs Spring 2005 Commencement.

The Commencement speaker is APSU alumnus Howard W. Roddy, vice president of advocacy and Healthy Community for Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga. Roddy also is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, appointed in July 2004 by Gov. Phil Bredesen.
More than 650 candidates for graduation, their families and friends will congregate at 2 p.m., Friday, May 6 in the Dunn Center for APSU's Spring 2005 Commencement.

The Commencement speaker is APSU alumnus Howard W. Roddy, vice president of advocacy and Healthy Community for Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga. Roddy also is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, appointed in July 2004 by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

Roddy earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from APSU and a master's degree in environmental health administration from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

In 2000, he was named a Fellow in Creating Healthier Communities by Health Forum, a division of the American Hospital Association.

With Memorial Health Care System, Roddy's duties include advocacy, Memorial's four community-base primary care clinics and diversity officer. He is the liaison for other hospital and community partnership initiatives, including the Samaritan Center, Project Access, Church Health Teams and the Step ONE Initiative to optimize health through nutrition and excise.

Prior to his joining Memorial Health Care System in 1998, Roddy served for 17 years as the administrator/director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department.

In an article in APSU's Fall 2003 alumni magazine, Roddy said, “As leaders, we're called to be servants, to give back to the community and make it a better place. My parents instilled that in me.”

It was a childhood lesson he continues to live daily. Despite his busy workload, Roddy
makes a point of doing volunteer work. A graduate of Leadership Chattanooga, he served several terms as chair of Hamilton County's Air Pollution Board. He also was chair of the Chattanooga Urban League and president of the East Tennessee Area Health Education Center.

Since 1983, Roddy has served on more than 50 boards of directors, including several state and regional health care organizations, such as the Southern Health Association and the Tennessee Public Health Association. Locally, he has served on the boards of Metro YMCA of Chattanooga, Hamilton County Regional Health Council, Salvation Army, Alexian Brothers of the Southeast Inc., the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, East Tennessee State University Foundation and the University of Chattanooga Foundation Inc.

Roddy and his wife, Donna, have two sons, Howard and John.
—Dennie Burke