Richard A. “Rick” Vincent, who recently retired as president and CEO of the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, will be the speaker during the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m. in the Convocation Center in Athens. Vincent’s retirement follows a remarkable 47-year career supporting osteopathic medicine, research and medical education.
Vincent has been a driving force behind OHF’s generous support of the college, including a transformational Vision 2020 award of $105 million in 2011; $10 million in support for the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey Academic and Research Center; $2.3 million toward the Heritage Clinical Training and Assessment Center and Community Clinic; and $6 million in support of other research, education and community health initiatives. Total OHF support for Ohio University amounts to over $123 million.
Vincent began serving the osteopathic profession in 1971, became president and CEO of Doctors Hospital in 1988, and served as OHF president and CEO from 1995 until his retirement in December 2017. He has been a longtime champion and tireless advocate of osteopathic medical education and research at the local, state and national levels, and was instrumental in establishing the Heritage College’s CORE clinical teaching network, which has evolved into what is now the Clinical Education Network.
He served at Doctors Hospital for over 27 years, holding numerous positions including president/CEO and executive vice president and chief operation officer. The OHF was founded as a successor to the foundations for Doctors Hospitals in Columbus and Nelsonville when these hospitals were sold to OhioHealth in 1998. Since then, the OHF has vigorously pursued its goals of improving community health and promoting the osteopathic philosophy.
Vincent’s many honors from the osteopathic community attest to his visionary leadership that has led to significant advancements in osteopathic medical education, research and the communities-at-large. His honors include receiving the American Osteopathic Association’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award and the Heritage College’s Phillips Medal of Public Service in 2000. Vincent was named an honorary alumnus of the college in 2005.
The 2018 graduation will be the first Heritage College Commencement to include graduates from the Heritage College, Dublin. Vincent – through the OHF Vision 2020 award – made possible the development of the Dublin campus. Monitor the 2018 Commencement website for additional news and announcements as graduation approaches.