Ohio Church Leader to Speak at Kettering College Commencement

Kettering, OH - 4/10/2007

Kettering, Ohio (April 9) – Raj Attiken, D. Min., will be the keynote speaker at the 39th annual commencement ceremonies for Kettering College of Medical Arts on Saturday, April 28.  The event will be held at James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, starting at 8 p.m., and is open to the public.

Dr. Attiken is the leader of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ohio and serves on the board of Kettering College of Medical Arts.  He also serves on the board of the Kettering Medical Center Network.  Since 1998, he has been president of the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, a network of about 100 congregations, 20 schools and over 11,000 members.

A native of Sri Lanka, Dr. Attiken received his initial education in his home country and in India.  With his wife, Chandra, he came to the United States in 1972.  He has spent most of his pastoral career in this country and has distinguished himself as someone who brings creativity, thoughtfulness and a caring spirit to his work.  Twice within the past two school years, he has made memorable presentations on character in education to the faculty and staff of the college, and he is widely seen as one of the most thoughtful of Adventist church leaders.

“Dr. Attiken brings warmth and insight to any discussion of character and professionalism.  For all of us, he will open windows into the meaning of a lifework in healthcare,” said Dr. Charles Scriven, president of Kettering College.

In 2004, Dr. Attiken led in the launching of “Partners in Innovation,” a convergence of individuals and organizations committed to facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship within the Adventist church.

About Kettering College of Medical Arts
Kettering College of Medical Arts is a fully accredited, coeducational college that specializes in health science education.  A division of Kettering Medical Center, the College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, and is chartered by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Kettering College offers certificate programs, Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees, and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

An institution of Christian higher education, Kettering College graduates health care professionals of high character who, in the tradition of the Master Healer, give whole-person care to their patients and generous service to their communities.  Eighty percent of Kettering College graduates live and work in Ohio, with the majority settling in the Dayton area.

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