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Health industry executive speaks Thursday

March 31, 2006

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University alumnus now serving as president and CEO of St. Jude Medical's Cardiology Division will address the development and approval of new medical devices in the rapidly growing area of cardiovascular surgery and therapy when he visits the WMU campus Thursday, April 6, to take part in the Haworth College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series.

Paul R. Buckman's presentation, which is open to the public by invitation only, is titled "Future Developments in Heart Therapies" and begins at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Auditorium of Schneider Hall. A reception follows.

Buckman earned a degree in accounting from WMU in 1979 and an MBA in 1982. Most of his career has been in the medical field. He has held executive positions with American Hospital Supply, Baxter International, Healthco Inc. and Boston Scientific. At the latter, he became president of the company's Scimed Life Systems subsidiary. In 2001, he co-founded his own medical device technology company, which grew to more than $80 million in sales in only three years. He joined St. Jude Medical in 2004.

The Distinguished Speaker Series brings corporate, education and government leaders to the Haworth College of Business to discuss a variety of topics of interest to the University and Southwest Michigan. Business and community leaders, as well as WMU faculty staff and students attend the events.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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