More than 1,300 to graduate at commencement May 17

May 2, 2014  |  
Bob Shroder

Bob Shroder

Robert W. Shroder, senior vice president of Catholic Health Partners and president/chief executive officer of Humility of Mary Health Partners, is the speaker at Youngstown State University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17, in Beeghly Center on campus.

The ceremony for undergraduate students is 10 a.m., followed by the ceremony for graduate students at 2:30 p.m. More than 1,300 students will graduate at the ceremonies.

Also speaking at the morning ceremony will be student Melissa Wasser, who is graduating with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. Katie Hyden, who is graduating with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, will speak at the afternoon ceremony.

Shroder joined Humility of Mary Health Partners in 1997 as administrator/ chief operating officer at the region’s St. Joseph Health Center. He was appointed executive vice president of Operations of HMHP in 1998 and president/CEO in 2002.

During his tenure as HMHP CEO, the region has shown significant market share growth. Admissions have grown from 29,000 in 2002 to more than 35,000 in 2013. The growth is attributed to a number of factors, including the building of a new community hospital in Boardman, Ohio. The region has won several national awards for its clinical quality and nursing care, including being the first hospitals in Ohio to receive Nursing Magnet certification. In addition, Shroder is a graduate of the inaugural class (2003) of CHP’s Leadership Academy.

Prior to joining HMHP, Shroder was the chief operating officer at Barberton Citizens Hospital in Barberton, Ohio, for more than 10 years. During his tenure, the hospital experienced increasing profits and productivity and implemented several new patient care programs. He was also responsible for a $25 million hospital master facility plan and $3.6 million medical office building.

Shroder earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and holds a master’s degree in hospital and health administration with a concentration in finance from Xavier University. He is a member of various professional and community groups and presently sits on the American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board. He also was appointed by the governor to serve as a board member of Miami University.

Bob and his wife of over 35 years, Katy, reside in Howland. They are the parents of three children: Brian is a graduate of Miami University and Harvard University; Laura is a graduate of Purdue University and Roosevelt University; and Matthew is a graduate of Miami University.

Katie Hyden

Katie Hyden

Hyden has served a three-year internship with Parker Hannifin and will work as a design engineer at the Babcock & Wilcox Company upon graduation. She was valedictorian of the Girard High School class of 2008 and graduated summa cum laude from YSU with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. After being awarded the Cushwa/Commercial Shearing Graduate Fellowship, she returned to YSU to pursue a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. While at YSU, Hyden was active in various societies and organizations, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. She was awarded the Ohio Space Grant Scholarship, culminating in the presentation of her research at the Ohio Aerospace Institute. She also twice competed in NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Melissa Wasser

Melissa Wasser

Wasser, who graduated from McDonald High School in 2010, plans to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law on an honors scholarship to seek a J.D. and become an attorney. She hopes to become a legal analyst for CNN, for whom she interned during the 2012 Republican National Convention. At YSU, Wasser has earned a spot on the Dean’s List each semester and has also received multiple awards, including the YSU Pin Award and the 2014 Greek Lifetime Achievement Award. Wasser was also involved in the Leslie H. Cochran University Scholars and Honors Program, Delta Zeta, Student Government Association, Order of Omega, Phi Kappa Phi, Moot Court Association, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Club and Presidential Mentors. She also served as a Student Trustee on the YSU Board of Trustees for two years and was the 2013 Homecoming Queen. She was a YSU student employee, working at the Candy Counter in Kilcawley Center for the past three years. She has volunteered as a local bowling coach for children for the past six years and has participated in the Shantytown homelessness awareness event and Relay for Life.

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