Healthcare leaders to address graduates at Drury commencement ceremonies

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 2, 2018 — Jim Spangler and Jeff Bradley will deliver the keynote addresses to graduates at Drury University’s two commencement ceremonies next week. Bradley will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the ceremonies.

Jim Spangler will speak at the ceremony for the College of Continuing Professional Studies and the College of Graduate Studies at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 11. Jeff Bradley will address graduates of Drury’s traditional residential college at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12. Both events will be held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center.

Jim Spangler is the CEO and President of Helping Hand Home Health Company based in Grand Blanc, Michigan. For the past 30 years his creativity, drive, and leadership has expanded his company’s reach to offices throughout the state of Michigan. Jim is a past board member of the Michigan Humane Society, The Detroit Institute for Children, the Drury Board of Trustees, and The Flint Institute of Music, where he was Chairman of the Flint Symphony Orchestra Committee and awarded the Mrs. Dallas J. Dort Award for years of outstanding achievement in 2018.

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree from Drury in 1961. He lives in Grand Blanc, Michigan with his wife and their two grown children. He enjoys spending time at his farm where, as an avid horseman, he was past Master of the Metamora Hunt Foxhounds for many years and is a carriage driving enthusiast.

Dr. Jeffrey D. Bradley is a renowned physician with an international reputation for his work in thoracic oncology. He has served on the Washington University faculty for 20 years, where he holds an endowed chair and is the clinical director of the Kling Proton Therapy Center. A 1989 graduate of Drury University, Bradley is an expert in radiation therapies that deliver tightly focused high-radiation doses to small areas. These approaches are more effective and have fewer side effects than traditional radiation treatment.

Bradley’s career embodies excellence in teaching, research, and clinical service. He received Washington University’s Distinguished Clinician Award in 2016 and is the two-time recipient of the Department of Radiation Oncology’s Teacher of the Year Award. He has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, mostly centered on the clinical management of lung cancer and image-guided radiation therapy.


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