Manchester to honor Hines, Packnett at 2023 Commencement
North Manchester, IN (04/03/2023) — Manchester University will honor Fort Wayne City Council President Glynn A. Hines and retired Parkview Health CEO Michael J. Packnett at Commencement on Saturday, May 20.
"These two men who have done so much for their communities - and Manchester - have agreed to help us celebrate this important milestone for our students," said President Dave McFadden. "They were chosen because their lives and careers reflect Manchester's mission 'to graduate persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition.'"
Each will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humanities and offer brief remarks to graduates, Packnett will be honored during health science graduate and professional commencement exercises at 9 a.m. and Hines at the undergraduate ceremony at 11 a.m., both in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus.
Hines is a 1973 Manchester graduate and a longtime civic leader in Fort Wayne.
On the council, he focuses on neighborhood association empowerment, economic and business development, housing revitalization and new housing developments, public safety initiatives and programs that give youth positive alternatives.
He retired in 2016 from Brightpoint, where he taught high school students workforce readiness and college preparation skills.
Hines is a recipient of the Manchester Alumni Honor Award, the highest recognition the Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate.
Packnett joined Parkview Health as president and CEO in June 2006 and retired at the end of 2022.
Known for his servant leadership, Packnett led the organization through times of growth and helped shape its culture.Currently a member of the Manchester Board of Trustees, Packnett has also served on key boards throughout the region, including the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, the Indiana Chamber, the Allen County Capital Improvement Board and Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
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