Rhodes To Award Honorary Degree To Former Mayo Clinic President Dr. Robert R. Waller
Publication Date: 5/8/2012
Dr. Robert R. Waller, a Rhodes trustee and President Emeritus of the Mayo Clinic health system, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the 163rd Commencement of Rhodes College on Saturday, May 12. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. in Fisher Garden on the Rhodes campus. Tickets are required for seating. In the event of rain, commencement will take place in the multi-sports forum of the Bryan Campus Life Center on campus. President William E. Troutt will preside over the ceremony.
Under Waller’s leadership, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., grew dramatically in the number of patients and communities served and doubled its investment in education and research. In his induction into the Healthcare Hall of Fame in 2003, it was noted that during this growth, the level of patient care remained unparalleled in America.
An ophthalmologist by training, Waller is a member of numerous professional groups, including the American Medical Association, and is chairman emeritus of the Healthcare Leadership Council in Washington, D.C.
Waller joined the Rhodes College Board of Trustees in 2003, and in addition to serving on several committees, he skillfully led a vital initiative that has provided Rhodes a trustee governance structure that serves as a model for other national liberal arts colleges.
Waller received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and graduate degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.