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April 16, 2002

Reverend Dr. Shaw Re-Appointed Chair of HUP Board of Trustees

(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Rev. Dr. William J. Shaw, Pastor of White Rock Baptist Church in West Philadelphia and a nationally recognized spiritual leader, has been re-appointed Chair of the Board of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), a position to which he was first named in October 2000.

"Our hospital family holds the Rev. Dr. Shaw in the highest regard, and the larger community of Philadelphia recognizes him as a distinguished motivator and spiritual leader," said Garry L. Scheib, Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations for the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) and Executive Director of HUP. "The Rev. Dr. Shaw has contributed his time and wisdom to HUP in various roles for more than 20 years, and I'm grateful that he will remain in his pivotal role here."

In fact, the Rev. Dr. Shaw's role in Penn's affairs have expanded. The Rev. Dr. Shaw will also serve on the board of Penn Medicine, which is the new governing body for Penn's Health System and School of Medicine.

"I'm pleased to continue working with HUP, especially in representing community needs and concerns. The hospital has long been a stable presence in Philadelphia, and over the years of my affiliation with HUP, I've seen it emerge as one of the leading health care providers in the nation, based on quality patient care, state-of-the-art innovation, and its sustained commitment to the community's medical issues," the Rev. Dr. Shaw said.

As well as serving as Chair of the HUP trustees board, the Rev. Dr. Shaw has chaired the hospital's Human Resources Subcommittee and served on its Long-Range Planning Committee. His other civic affiliations include a seat on the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley, Inc., and membership in the Philadelphia Rotary; Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellows in Black Church Studies; Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and the Airport Advisory Board.

But it is his tireless work and outreach ministry as pastor of Philadelphia's White Rock Baptist Church since 1956 that forms the basis for the Rev. Dr. Shaw's local stature and national prominence. In 1999 the Rev. Dr. Shaw was elected to a five-year term as president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., which is the largest organized body of African Americans in America.

The Rev. Dr. Shaw was ordained pastor of the Oak Hill Baptist Church in his native Texas at the age of 17. He was graduated summa cum laude from Bishop College in 1954, and went on to attend the prestigious Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he majored in Christian Ethics and, in 1957, was awarded a degree equivalent to today's master of divinity degree. He earned his doctor of ministry degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary in Rochester, NY., in 1976.

Other members of HUP's Board of Trustees are Felicia Lemonick, Chair of HUP's Board of Women Visitors; Michael A. Grippi, MD, Chair of the Medical Board; Arthur H. Rubenstein, MBBCh, Executive Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine; Robert D. Martin, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Mr. Scheib.


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