Alumnus Dr. Ben Raimer to Speak to May ETBU Graduates
MARSHALL, Texas (5/02/13)- The East Texas Baptist University Office of Academic Affairs announces that alumnus Dr. Ben Raimer, MD, MA, FAAP, of Galveston, will be the keynote speaker for Spring Commencement. He is the senior vice president for the Office of Health Policy and Legislative Affairs of the University of Texas Medical Branch. ETBU will hold two commencement ceremonies, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Baker Auditorium of the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center.
ETBU Provost and Vice President Dr. Sherilyn Emberton said, "Dr. Raimer represents the high level of academic graduate in which the University has produced through the history of the institution that has gone on to achieve excellence in the field of science and medicine. His accomplishments pursuing the gifts of healing and service to others exemplifies the true meaning of integrating faith and discipline. We are truly honored to have him as this year's commencement speaker."
Dr. Raimer holds an undergraduate degree in biology from ETBU, a master’s degree in human genetics from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a doctorate from the UTMB School of Medicine. Much of his practice has been devoted to the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. A nationally recognized expert on prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, he has been honored by several state and national children’s advocacy organizations for his contributions.
Dr. Raimer is a member of the Board of Trustees of ETBU, and serves on the Governing Councils of both the Texas Pediatric Society and the Texas Association of Public Health. In 2012 he received the Peavy Award from the Texas Association of Public Health for his advocacy role. He is actively engaged with UTMB students global and community health volunteer programs and serves as faculty sponsor for the Baptist Student Ministry, the AMA-TMA Student Association and the Hands and Feet Medical Missions Group.
Over the past three decades, Dr. Raimer has held numerous academic and administrative positions at The University of Texas Medical Branch. A tenured professor in the departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Dr. Raimer was appointed senior vice president for health policy and legislative affairs in 2008.
Dr. Raimer and his wife Sharon have three children, Anna, David and Lauren, and five grandchildren. They were recently recognized by their community with the Lenora Kempner Thompson Award for Community Service. The Raimer’s have been active members of the First Baptist Church in Galveston for the past 40 years where he serves as a deacon and both serve as Bible Study teachers for young adults and on various church committees. They both are involved in volunteer medical missions and student mentoring.
The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will include the Fred M. Hale School of Business, School of Humanities, School of Natural and Social Sciences, and the Frank S. Groner Endowed Memorial School of Professional Studies (Nursing). The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will include School of Christian Studies, School of Education and School of Fine Arts.
A total of 181 will be receiving degrees, 150 bachelor’s degrees and 31 master’s degrees.