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Apple’s chief executive officer will give the keynote address at Commencement this May, the University announced Wednesday.

Tim Cook, who succeeded Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in August 2011, is the first openly gay CEO on the Fortune 500 list. The 54-year-old came out publicly in a Bloomberg piece in October.

“I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote then.

Cook gave the commencement speech at Auburn University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, in 2010. He was chief operating officer of Apple at the time.

University-wide Commencement will take place May 17 on the National Mall.

Last year, the University chose celebrity chef José Andrés to headline Commencement. The previous year, actress Kerry Washington sent off the graduating class.

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Friday, March 9, 2012 11:15 a.m.

Alumnus to fill role of CEO at GW Hospital

Barry Wolfman. Photo courtesy of GW Hospital.

An alumnus and longtime health care executive will take the helm of GW Hospital in late April, filling a CEO and managing director position that has been vacant for more than five months.

Barry Wolfman will assume the hospital’s top administrative post April 23. He holds a master of health services administration degree from from GW.

Wolfman most recently served as CEO at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. He also worked as senior vice president at health care center Kaiser Permanente and other medical centers in his 27-year career.

“We are excited to welcome Barry Wolfman to The George Washington University Hospital,” Marc Miller, president of Universal Health Services, said. “His proven track record of exceeding objectives and creating a strong culture of excellent physician, employee and community relations establishes him as a strong leader for one of the country’s most prestigious university hospitals.”

The hospital’s former top leader Trent Crable resigned Sept. 30, a move that was not publicly announced for more than three months. Crable had held the job temporarily starting June 2008 before permanently becoming the hospital’s CEO and managing director in January 2009.

A letter from Universal Health Services, the hospital’s management company, called Crable’s exit “mutually agreeable.”

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Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 10:18 a.m.

GW Hospital searches for new CEO

The GW Hospital

The position of CEO for the GW Hospital has been vacant for more than three months. Hatchet file photo

Updated Jan. 8, 10:51 a.m.

The GW Hospital is looking for a new leader after CEO Trent Crable stepped down more than three months ago.

Crable’s resignation was announced in a brief letter to hospital employees eight days before his departure Sept. 30, but the change in leadership was only made public Friday through an article in the Washington Business Journal.

The letter, which came from the outside company that maintains primary ownership of the hospital, called Crable’s decision to resign “mutually agreeable.”

Crable served in the post temporarily beginning in June 2008 before assuming the permanent title of chief executive officer and managing director of the hospital in January 2009. Chief Operating Officer Kim Russo and Chief Financial Officer Rick Davis will share the responsibility of overseeing hospital operations during the ongoing national search for a replacement.

Lisa McDonald, director of marketing and business development for the hospital, said Crable’s resignation was not related to the recent reorganization of the medical center, which split the three medical schools of the University into separate entitles after a yearlong review, or recent leadership shifts in the medical center.

McDonald declined to comment as to why the change in hospital leadership was not previously made public through its communication arm. The hospital has not published a press release on its website since Sept. 20 and it has not yet updated all of the site’s pages to reflect Crable’s resignation.

The top levels of University leadership were informed of the vacancy, but as a legally distinct body, the hospital has no obligation to report such news to the broader GW community.

McDonald also declined to provide a target date for naming a new leader.

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