Owens graduates, photo montage

Past Commencement Speakers
May 2012

Keynote Speaker

Andrea R. Price, FACHE
President and CEO, Mercy

Andrea R. Price, FACHE

Andrea R. Price, FACHE, serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mercy, Northern Region, a seven-hospital health system headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Mercy has more than 7,500 employees, 1,350 medical staff members and net revenues of nearly $900 million. In her role, Ms. Price also has responsibility for Mercy College of Ohio.

Mercy, Northern Region, is the largest of its parent company, Catholic Health Partners, Cincinnati. Ms. Price joined Mercy in the fall of 2009 as Chief Operating Officer, at which time she assumed responsibility for the operations and performance of Mercyís seven hospitals. One year later, she was promoted to lead the organization.

Previously, Ms. Price was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sparrow Health System in Lansing, Mich., where she was responsible for the strategic direction of the system which included Sparrow Hospitalís two Lansing campuses, as well as, hospitals in St. Johns, Carson City and Ionia County. In addition, she was responsible for the daily operations of Sparrow Hospital, a 600-bed level one trauma center. Ms. Price also has served in senior executive roles at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Mich., and Childrenís National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

As a fellow and member in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Ms. Price has served on the Voluntary Giving Committee, the Confidential Committee, the Board of Governors, the Governance Implementation Task Force, the Regentís Advisory Council, the Nominating Committee, Regent-at-Large, the Finance Committee, the Governance Ad Hoc Task Force and the Bylaws Committee.

She was appointed by the Mayor of Toledo to the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board. She also sits on the boards for the Regional Growth Partnership and Toledo Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Toledo.

In April 2008, Ms. Price was selected by "Modern Healthcare" Magazine as one of the The Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare. In September 2008, she received the ACHE Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Michigan Healthcare Executive Group and Associates. In October 2008, she received the Distinguished Senior Healthcare Executive Award from the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).

Ms. Price was also the 2010 recipient of the Midwest Healthcare Executives Group and Associates (MHEGA) Regentís Senior Level Healthcare Executive Award, which recognizes healthcare executives with more than 20 years of healthcare experience for their significant contributions toward the achievement of the goals of the ACHE and the advancement of healthcare management excellence. In addition to serving as a board member for MHEGA, she is the National President for the National Association of Health Services Executives, a non-profit designed to advance and develop black healthcare leaders and elevate the quality of healthcare services rendered to minority and underserved communities.

She received a bachelor of art degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and a masterís degree in Health Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She and her husband, Dr. Edward Johnson, have four children.

Class Representative

Loral Browning

Loral Browning

Loral Browning, known as Mike to his friends and family, has been selected as the Owens Community College class representative and will address the graduates during this eveningís 46th Annual Spring Commencement ceremony.

Browning is graduating in Marketing and Sales Technology with a Financial Service Option. He worked in business for 38 years and never missed a paycheck until 2010, when he lost his job. After some research, he decided getting a degree would be the best way to re-enter the workforce. He enrolled at Owens.

"After working in business for so long, I thought I had nothing left to learn. I soon realized that I would be learning new things every day," said Browning.

In addition to the honor of being selected to represent his class as Class Representative, Browning earned a 3.8 GPA and is a member of Kappa Beta Delta and Chi Alpha Epsilon honor societies. He was a student representative of Owens on an international study tour to China. According to his instructors, his passion for education and enthusiasm in learning served as an inspiration to other students.

"The faculty at Owens pushed me, brought my writing to a new level and dispelled any doubts I had as a non-traditional student," Browning said.

He credits his success to the support and encouragement of the faculty and staff at Owens, including Holly Burnside, Jeffrey Hardesty and Ramadevi Kannan. The support of his family was also a critical part of his success, including his wife, Donna, who pushed him to make sure his homework was finished, and his sons, Michael, Brian, Chad and Chris.

When Browning first started at Owens, he thought he was just here for the degree. He soon found that Owens was so much more and that every day he was excited to attend and explore.

In fact, now after graduation, he plans on transferring to a four-year institution to continue working toward his bachelorís degree in addition to obtaining a job in the field.