In a ceremony earlier this week, members of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors and Penn State Board of Trustees unveiled the newly named Edward P. “Ted” Junker III Auditorium in honor of Junker’s tenure as Board of Directors chairman and his service to the Medical Center, College and University.
Junker, retired vice chairman of the PNC Bank Corp., has been Board of Directors chairman since 2000 when the University’s Board of Trustees formed the group. He completes his latest term as chairman this December. Edward R. Hintz Jr. will become the new board chairman on Jan. 1, 2010.
“In his nearly 10 years as chairman of our board, Ted Junker has played a pivotal role in the growth and success of Penn State Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine,” said Dr. Harold L. Paz, Medical Center chief executive officer, senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State, and dean of the Penn State College of Medicine. “Ted’s commitment to our mission of patient care, education, research and involvement in the community has been extraordinary, and we are delighted to name our auditorium -- a place where our faculty, students, staff and members of the community come together to advance that mission -- in his honor.”
During Junker’s tenure as board chairman, the Medical Center has experienced a time of unprecedented expansion to meet the growing health care needs of central Pennsylvania, including the creation of the Penn State Hershey Health System and the building of a freestanding Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. Junker also sits on the campaign committee that has raised $62 million toward a $65 million private-giving goal to build a freestanding Children’s Hospital, a project that today received Board of Trustees approval to move forward.
“Penn State provided me with the tools I needed for a successful career. Serving as chair of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center Board of Directors was just one small way that I could give back to the institution that has given me so much,” Junker said. “I am humbled that the Medical Center has chosen to recognize my years of service in this way.”
Junker is a Penn State alumnus and has served the University in many ways beyond his service to the Medical Center. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1986 and is a past vice chairman and chairman. He is a staunch supporter of Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, and is a former chair and member of the Council of Fellows at Penn State Erie.