Faculty Distinguished Service Award Winner 2015

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Dr. Bernard Kerr, Jr. is the winner of the 2015 Faculty Distinguished Service Award.  He is a Professor in Central Michigan University’s H​ealth Administration Division, School of Health Sciences, in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions.   Since starting here in the fall of 2002, he’s been an active member of the CMU faculty, contributing to his profession, college, department, and to CMU’s students.  He was also a recipient of CMU’s 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Kerr’s service contributions have been exemplary. He has accomplished two comprehensive self-studies resulting in initial and sustained certification of the undergraduate health administration program by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. Additionally, he was recognized by the American College of Healthcare Executives with two Distinguished Service Awards acknowledging commitment to his profession through activities and services furthering professional excellence. Dr. Kerr served on the Board of Directors for his regional ACHE Chapter where he orchestrated multiple continuing education events and coordinated a student recognition program for seven regional universities. He also had a leadership role in revising the board certification examination for the American Academy of Medical Administrators. Dr. Kerr was also instrumental in forging CMU’s International Health Certificate curriculum bringing together interdisciplinary courses from across campus. He arranged a partnership with the Institute for Diversity in Healthcare Management to facilitate minority recruitment for CMU’s Doctor of Health Administration program; an effort leading to exceptionally diverse DHA cohorts and the program’s receipt of the President’s Diversity Excellence Award. Dr. Kerr actively serves on the Academic Senate’s Bachelor of Individualized Studies Committee and provides superb leadership as Chair of the School of Health Science’s Personnel Committee and past Chair of the Curriculum Committee.

A personal comment from one of his colleague’s noted that… He is a respected mentor for students; providing them his unwavering “lifetime guarantee” of support. He is the ultimate colleague; his attention to detail is necessary and appreciated, especially as he balances a heavy teaching load with research and these service responsibilities.

He and his wife Sue, a retired Kindergarten teacher, have four grown children (Brian, Brad, Brent & Brittney) and four grandsons (Brice, Brady, Braxton and Brandon) and one granddaughter (Brenna).

We are proud to present this faculty award to Dr. Bernard Kerr, Jr. for his long and distinguished service to his profession and to Central Michigan University.