Health Commissioner to Address VT Grads

Colchester, VT – April 21, 2014 – James J. Gozzo, Ph.D., President of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, announced today that Harry L. Chen, M.D., Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, will be the commencement speaker at the second graduation ceremony of the school’s Colchester Campus. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Exposition.

“As someone who has served as a practitioner, an academic, an elected official, and now Commissioner of Health, Dr. Chen has a unique perspective on the practice of health care and the future of the U.S. health care system. His insights will greatly benefit our graduates as they prepare to begin their own careers in this rapidly changing field,” said President Gozzo.

Dr. Chen was appointed Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health in January 2011. Prior to his appointment, he worked as an emergency physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center for more than 20 years, and served as Medical Director from 1998-2004. He is on the clinical faculty at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and served as vice chair of the University of Vermont Board of Trustees. From 2004-2008, Dr. Chen was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, serving as vice chair of the Health Care Committee during his final term.

This year’s commencement ceremony will be the last one for Dr. Gozzo as president of the College. He will be stepping down from that position on June 30 following 16 years as head of the school. Dr. Gozzo will also speak to this year’s graduates.

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Vermont Campus
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to graduating the best health care minds in the world. The College opened its Colchester satellite campus in fall 2009, and it is now home to 225 full-time students. It remains the only pharmacy program in the state of Vermont. For more information, please visit