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Commencement Speaker


Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, has been President of the American Association of Colleges
of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) since January 2006.  Prior to assuming this position, he
served as Vice President for Health Services and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at
the University of New England since 1995. He served as Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans
from July 2003 to June 2005.

Dr. Shannon earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 1986 from the University of
New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and his master's of public
health degree in 1990 from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified
in osteopathic family practice and preventive medicine. He also holds B.A and M.A. degrees in
American History from the University of Maryland.

As President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Shannon
serves as spokesperson on behalf of the nation’s 29 colleges of osteopathic medicine, articulating
the community’s priorities and positions in a variety of national and international settings. Dr.
Shannon also guides the association in fulfilling its vision and mission, and in positively
influencing state, federal, and executive branch policy formulation relative to medical education.
Dr. Shannon has strong professional interests in public health and preventive medicine, and in
major research areas of clinical outcomes study, health promotion and disease prevention, health
professions workforce, rural health and medical school curriculum. He current is president of the
Federation of Schools of the Health Professions and a member of the Veterans Administration’s
National Academic Affiliations Council. Until recently he served as a senior member of HRSA’s
Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.

He has a long history of leadership and service  in public health. He was instrumental in the
development of a Master of Public Health program at the University of New England and prior
to his appointment as dean was Director of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Maine
Bureau of Health. He has served on numerous public health boards and commissions and is a
founder and past Chair of the Board of the Maine Center for Public Health.

In addition, he is past president of the Maine Biomedical Research Coalition and was a member
of the state's Biomedical Research Board.  Dr. Shannon was instrumental in implementing
biomedical research expansion within the University of New England, targeting such areas as
diabetes' impact on heart disease and the neurophysiology of pain, memory and addiction.
He received the New York Institute of Technology Riland Public Service Award in 2011, the
AACOM Robert A. Kistner Award in 2010, the Dan Hanley Memorial Trust 2003 Leadership
Award in 2003 and the Finance Authority of Maine's Distinguished Service Award in the Field
of Higher Education in 2002.