Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Laws
School of Nursing, May 16, 2014
Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, the first woman and first nurse to ever be selected to serve as the U.S. Army Surgeon General, is Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command with oversight of the third largest health system in the country, serving more than three million U.S. soldiers and civilians. She was sworn in as the 43rd Army Surgeon General on December 7, 2011. Her work in the U.S. Army includes a series of progressively complex roles, including Special Assistant for Medical Affairs to the Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, where she oversaw all medical affairs for the active duty military in Afghanistan. She also served as the Commanding General of the Western Regional Army Medical Command. In this role she oversaw all health professionals delivering care to U.S. Army active duty personnel and their dependents. She is the recipient of numerous U.S. Army decorations. These include, among others, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit. In 1993, she was selected by “The Great 100” as one of the top one hundred nurses in the State of North Carolina. Additionally, she was recognized by Time Life Publications for her heroism on September 11, 2001 for her actions at the Pentagon; and she was one of 15 nurses selected by the American Red Cross as “Nurse Hero.”
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.