Trautman to speak at WVWC 2019 Commencement


BUCKHANNON –Dr. Deborah Trautman ’80, president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, will be the commencement speaker at the 128th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the John D. Rockefeller IV Physical Education Building.

A respected academic, prominent speaker, executive, and author on health care and public policy, Dr. Trautman received her BSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an MSN from the University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in health policy from the University of Maryland.

Formerly the Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Trautman has held clinical and administrative leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medical. She also served as the Vice President for Patient Care Services for Howard County Central Hospital and as Director of Nursing for Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has authored publications on health policy, intimate partner violence, pain management, clinical competency, change management, cardiopulmonary bypass, the use of music in the emergency department, and consolidating emergency services.

At this Commencement, Wesleyan will honor three candidates with honorary degrees. Those candidates are Dr. Deborah Trautman ’80, long-time WV Wesleyan trustee and prominent banker William B. Grant ’75, and renowned jazz percussionist Roger Humphries. The Reverend Dr. Joseph Kenaston ’81 will deliver his sermon, “A Therefore Moment,” to College graduates during the Baccalaureate ceremony on Fri., May 3 in Wesley Chapel.

Dr. Kenaston is the district superintendent of the Southern District and dean of the cabinet for the West Virginia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Previously, he served as the senior pastor at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church (UMC) in Lewisburg, WV from 2005–2013; senior pastor at Wayside UMC in Vienna, WV from 1992–2005; associate pastor at the Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, WV from 1987–1992; pastor at Stretford and Urmston Methodist Circuit in Manchester, England from 1984–1987; and a student associate pastor at Hazel Crest Community Church, United Methodist in Hazel Crest, IL from 1982–1984.

Dr. Kenaston earned a doctor of divinity from Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in 2000, a master of divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, in 1984; and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1981.

While a student at West Virginia Wesleyan, he served as class president during three of his four years and community council president. He was also a member of Theta Xi Fraternity. A member of Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees, he served on a number of committees and chaired the Spiritual Life Task Council.

Dr. Kenaston and his wife Judi Modlin Kenaston reside in Beckley. They have three grown children and one grandson.

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