Carroll Community College Announces 2016 Commencement Speaker

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Sylvia Blair, Carroll Community College, 410-386-8411
Press Release

Carroll Community College announces that Dr. Robert Wack, M.D., will be its Commencement speaker on Wednesday, May 25 at 3 p.m. at the Gill Center at McDaniel College.

Currently, Dr. Wack serves as President of the Westminster City Council. 

Dr. Wack received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University. He served seven years on active duty in the US Army Medical Corps and was honorably discharged at the rank of Major. He moved to Westminster in 1997 and worked for 12 years at Carroll Hospital Center, where he led the Pediatric Hospitalist program.  In 2009, he began working at Frederick Memorial Hospital, where he successfully implemented and completed a combined Pediatric Emergency and Inpatient Unit. 

“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Wack has accepted my invitation to serve as Commencement speaker,” said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “I believe Dr. Wack is a renaissance man in the purest sense of that term. He is accomplished in many disciplines. He will offer our students a highly unique perspective on being free to envision change, and taking appropriate risks necessary to bring their vision to reality. I know his brilliance along with his personable and direct communication style will be very inspiring to our graduates.”   

“I am honored and humbled by the responsibility of delivering the Commencement address at Carroll Community College," said Dr. Wack. 

Professional Experiences with Government and with Technology

In 1999, Dr. Wack co-founded a telecom start-up named Colosafe. He later served on the Carroll Cable Regulatory Commission representing the City of Westminster. In 2003, he was elected to the Westminster City Council. In 2004, he participated in the planning and assisted with the development of the Carroll County Public Network, a publicly-financed, built and operated middle mile network that connects schools, government buildings, the library, the community college and other county anchor institutions. In 2012, he led the planning and implementation of the Westminster Fiber Network (WFN), the first community-wide gigabit fiber network in the mid-Atlantic region. To build upon the unique tech opportunities created by the WFN, he co-founded MAGIC, the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, which is a technology incubator based in Westminster. He is also a published author of a science fiction novel, Time Bomber. 

Non-Profit Experiences

In Carroll County, Dr. Wack co-founded Access Carroll, a non-profit clinic providing care to the low- income, uninsured residents of Carroll County. He also served on the boards of several other non-profits and currently serves on the board of Target Educational and Community Services.