Presentation College has announced that Todd Forkel will be the keynote speaker for the graduation commencement ceremony, which is set for Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. in the Strode Activity Center.
Forkel is the President and CEO of Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen, S.D., as well as a distinguished PC alumni and Aberdeen native.
“We are honored to welcome Todd Forkel as the keynote speaker at our 2014 commencement,” said Dr. Margaret A. Huber, PC President. “We are proud to have a speaker who is not only a successful graduate of PC, but is also an inspiration and leader in the healthcare industry. We look forward to the experiences and insights he will share with our graduates as they set out to make their mark on the world.”
Prior to being named the regional president and CEO of St. Luke’s in 2011, Forkel earned his degree in radiology sciences from PC. In addition, he earned his undergraduate degree in business management from Northern State University, as well as his Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration from California Coast University. He started his career at St. Luke’s as a radiology technologist, later serving as director of radiology and vice president of clinics. Forkel has served in executive leadership roles in the past at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, M.N., as well as at Innovis Health and Essentia Health in Fargo, N.D.