Baptist Health CEO urges TROY graduates to be ‘constant learners’

Posted: Tuesday, 18 May 2010

MONTGOMERY—Baptist Health CEO Russell Tyner urged Troy University Montgomery Campus graduates to become lifelong learners in order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Tyner delivered the keynote address during the Montgomery Campus spring commencement ceremony on Monday, May 17, inside the Davis Theater for the Performing Arts. More 190 students earned undergraduate and graduate degrees this semester at the Montgomery Campus

Tyner said today’s graduates live in an exceptional time in which they can expect to see “much more and more rapid change.” Being prepared in an increasingly high-tech, global economy means being a constant learner.

“The constant pursuit of personal learning is a modern imperative,” Tyner said. “The most successful and most sought after people are constant learners.”

Tyner challenged graduates to pursue higher degrees and additional educational opportunities.

“Preparation will never fail you, and constant education is the best preparation,” he said.

He told graduates to stay focused on the future while meeting the challenges of today.

“Whatever is important to us should always remain in our line of sight,” he said.

Tyner is vice president of UAB Health System and president/CEO of Baptist Health. He has 25 years of senior executive healthcare experience concentrated in hospital operations, human resources and system integration.

Tyner also serves as chairman of the TROY Montgomery Campus Advisory Council.

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Russell Tyner, vice president of UAB Health System and president/CEO of Baptist Health, delivers the keynote address to Troy University Montgomery Campus graduates during the spring commencement ceremony on Monday, May 17, inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. More than 190 students earned degrees this spring at the Montgomery Campus. (TROY photo/Matt Clower)