Speakers & Honorees

Speakers & Honorees

Commencement Speakers and Honorees

Keynote Address

Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Dennis W. Pullin is president and CEO of Virtua Health, a not-for-profitDennis Pullin 
integrated health system in New Jersey and the largest health care
provider in southern New Jersey.

Having earned national and regional recognition as a health care executive, Pullin leads the Virtua Health team that is developing a historic affiliation with Rowan University that will transform and advance health care education, clinical care and research in the region.  

His career includes executive leadership positions in hospitals, academic medical centers, physician group practices and private industry across the country. He serves on various professional and non-profit boards, has been an adjunct professor and has presented and published many papers and articles.

Mr. Pullin earned a bachelor of arts degree at Texas Lutheran University and a master of science at Texas A&M University.



Honorary Degree

Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O.

Barbara Ross-Lee has built a groundbreaking career as a physician, health care leader, scholar and advocate.lee

President of the American Osteopathic Foundation, her leadership and staunch advocacy have positively impacted the field of osteopathic medicine. In 1993, Ross-Lee became the first African American woman to serve as dean of a United States medical school when she joined Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

A nationally recognized expert on health policy issues and diversity, equity and inclusion, Ross-Lee serves as an adviser on primary care, medical education, minority health, women’s health and rural health care issues at the federal and state levels. 

She was a commissioned officer in the United States Naval Reserves Medical Corps, achieving the rank of captain. 

Born in Detroit, Ross-Lee earned her D.O. degree from Michigan State University and two degrees from Wayne State University: a master’s degree in teaching special populations and a bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry. Prior to earning her medical degree, Ross-Lee taught in Detroit’s public school system through the federal National Teacher Corps program.



Distinguished Alumnus

Joseph Cosgrove, B’00

A graduate of Rohrer College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, Joseph Cosgrove has led Pentec Health, a Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, health care company, through unprecedentedcosgrove expansion, diversification and profitability. 

Under Cosgrove, who is Pentec Health’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, the company has become an industry leader in providing patient-specific medications in dialysis centers and in-home settings. 

Since joining the company in 2008, Cosgrove has overseen various product launches, patent filings and physical plant and facilities expansions. 

With Cosgrove’s leadership, Pentec Health has earned numerous distinctions such as inclusion in Inc. Magazine’s list of the Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies. Cosgrove has received many professional accolades, including recognition as Marcum Innovator of the Year. He was named a Philly 100 CEO Hall of Fame Society inductee and received the organization’s Founder’s Distinguished Achievement Award, as well as the National Kidney Foundation Leadership in Business Award.