Vidant president to address graduates

By Rhonda Jessup - UMO
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MOUNT OLIVE — The University of Mount Olive will graduate approximately 200 students on Saturday, Aug. 26. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 2 p.m. in the George and Annie Dail Kornegay Arena on the Mount Olive campus.

William Brian Floyd, MBA, RN, will be the guest speaker. Floyd is president of Vidant Medical Center, a 909-bed academic medical center in Greenville, N.C. In this role, Floyd is responsible for the operations of the medical center, the delivery of safe and efficient care, and the provision of education programs for professionals. He is accountable for the hospital’s qualitative and financial outcomes, and leading a workforce of more than 7,000 in the fulfillment of the organizational mission. As the president, Floyd serves on the senior executive team of Vidant Health, a corporation of eight hospitals and various ambulatory services including a growing network of primary care physicians and specialists serving 29 counties in eastern North Carolina.

Floyd is a registered nurse and holds a MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Keenan Flagler School of Business. With more than 20 years of progressive health care experience, he is committed to advancing care delivery models to improve health conditions of communities. Floyd is an active member of his local community and serves on several boards supporting the health care industry and social and policy development, including the Vizient Central Atlantic region, NC Institute of Medicine and the North Carolina Hospital Association.

Preceding the graduation ceremony will be the baccalaureate service at 11 a.m. in Southern Bank Auditorium.

Dr. Ricky J. Warren, of Dunn, N.C., will be the speaker. Warren is the pastor of Robert’s Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church and serves as the executive director of the North Carolina Foundation for Christian Ministries, located in Mount Olive. Previously, he served as the pastor of Lee’s Chapel Original Free Will Baptist Church. Before being called into the ministry in 2003, Warren worked for over 10 years as a high school agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor. He has been happily married to his best friend, Angela Honeycutt Warren, since 1998 and they have one son named Eli, who was born in 2011.

Warren graduated from Campbell University Divinity School in 2017 with a Doctor of Ministry Degree and previously earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Campbell. His other academic work includes selected classes in religion at the University of Mount Olive, a Master of Education Degree from North Carolina State University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree, also from N.C. State.


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