Robert Simpson Citation - Commencement 2017

May 21, 2017


You are a proud graduate of Stonehill, but yours was no ordinary path. You earned a degree in health care administration part-time as an adult while you were vice president of materials management at Neponset Valley Health System. You did this after serving as a medic in the U.S. Army and, memorably, as director of operations for the Northeast Red Cross Blood Service during the blizzard of ’78, where you managed to keep New England’s blood supply moving even while the region was buried in snow.

You went on to become an innovator in medical supply distribution, serving as the president and chief executive officer of LeeSar and Cooperative Services of Florida. Thanks to your efforts, the Healthcare Supply Chain Management Initiative at Stonehill was made possible by an initial grant from the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Since 2008, Stonehill students have gained hands-on experience through full-time summer internships at LeeSar. This Initiative at Stonehill serves as a pilot for other college programs around the country. It has enabled us to offer the first undergraduate healthcare supply chain management course in the U.S., and led a number of Stonehill graduates into a new career path within healthcare management.

While your professional success is notable, what is truly admirable is the way you channeled grief into good. In 1995, in memory of your son, who was killed by a drunk driver, you and your wife, Linda, created Project Perfect World. This organization takes medical teams around the world to provide free maxillofacial, dental, and orthopedic surgery for children in need. For this work, you received the Servitor Pacis Award in 2015, an honor bestowed annually by the Path to Peace Foundation, an organization affiliated with the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations.

For your impressive career, your reaching back to help Stonehill students, and your reaching out to bring healing to the world’s children, Stonehill College is proud to bestow upon you, Robert Simpson, honoris causa, the degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

Citation read by Associate Professor of Healthcare Administration Mitchell Glavin.