Distinguished Line-Up of Speakers for Commencement Weekend

Al Reece in Chemical HallDistinguished scientist and scholar and Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, E. Albert Reece, MD, Ph.D., MBA, will deliver the keynote address at Washington Adventists University’s (WAU) annual commencement, to be held at the DAR Constitution Hall, Sunday, May 5 beginning at 10 a.m.

President of the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventist Daniel R. Jackson will speak at Sabbath Service atSligo Seventh-day Adventist Church May 4 at 11:15 a.m. , while Gary Wimbish will serve as Consecration speaker, Friday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m., also in Sligo Church.

A recent appointee to the WAU Board of Trustees, Reece is a celebrated academician, physician and scientist. He is the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland. He is also a professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medicine, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Reece completed a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University; a M.D. from New York University School of Medicine; a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica; and a MBA degree from the Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University. He completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. He remained on the full time faculty at Yale for almost 10 years during which he served a clinical instructor and later as assistant professor before receiving an accelerated promotion to associate professor.

In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Reece leads an active NIH funded research laboratory and is also involved in education. He has written more than 500 articles, chapters and abstracts; 12 books, including revisions, and five monographs.

Dan JacksonDaniel R. Jackson was elected president of the NAD June 28, 2010 by delegates of the world church at their business session in Atlanta, Ga. He was appointed by the church’s 246-member Nominating Committee and confirmed by the General Conference Session delegation, which is an international body of 2,410 appointed members and the highest governing body in the church.

Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in Canada. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Canadian University College) and Andrews University, where he earned an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology.

Gary WimbishWimbish is the pastor of the Columbia Community Center of Seventh-day Adventist in Columbia, Maryland. His career has spanned pastoral ministry and higher education administration for thirty-eight years.

His pastoral experience includes congregations in the Allegheny West; Southeastern California; and the Allegheny East Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists.

His higher education experience includes work at Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama; Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.; University of Maryland College of Law; and University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.