WMED Live: A First Decade Celebration

WMed Live 2021

WMed will celebrate its first 10 years of accomplishments and the retirement of Founding Dean Dr. Hal B. Jenson at its live virtual gala, WMed Live: A First Decade Celebration, on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The community is invited to this live, virtual event featuring special guests, national celebrities, internationally recognized medical professionals, talented regional artists, and keynote speeches from Kalamazoo business, civic, and philanthropic leaders. Tune in to watch special messages from the Association of American Medical Colleges President Dr. David J. Skorton, American saxophonist Kenny G, acclaimed TV host Tom Bergeron, and Grammy award-winning singers and songwriters Ne-Yo and Paula Abdul. 

You are encouraged to register below to send a congratulatory message to Dr. Jenson in honor of his legacy of leadership on the occasion of his retirement, and make a gift to The WMed Next Decade Fund to support the mission of the medical school.  

*Note: WMed Health clinics and student schedules are being adjusted so the WMed community can tune in. 

William and Barbara Parfet
Barbara and William Parfet
William Johnston and Ronda Stryker
Ronda E. Stryker and William D. Johnston

Event Co-Chairs and Hosts 

At WMed, we proudly recognize Kalamazoo philanthropists and medical school benefactors Ronda E. Stryker and William D. Johnston along with William U. Parfet and Barbara A. Parfet who are co-chairs and hosts for this historic event. We thank them for their leadership in chairing this special anniversary event.

The Details

  • WMed's First Decade Celebration

    Founded in 2011, WMed will formally celebrate the accomplishments of its first decade of operation. This once-in-a-lifetime event will highlight and celebrate the key accomplishments of the medical school. WMed includes more than 340 students, 900 employees, and 750 community faculty, growing to almost 2000 people, with an annual operating budget of $62.5 million. In addition to the tremendous economic impact that WMed brings to Southwest Michigan and the Kalamazoo community, the medical school is educating the next generation of physicians and providing a robust pipeline of new doctors to Kalamazoo’s two major healthcare systems while also providing a vital source of healthcare services to our community through WMed Health. Medical advances and new medical knowledge are being created through our innovative medical research programs, new healthcare-related business ventures are emerging from the WMed Innovation Center, and a rich array of medical programs and services are offered to benefit the citizens of Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan each and every day.

  • Honoring Founding Dean Hal B. Jenson, MD, MBA
    Dr. Hal B. Jenson
    Dr. Hal B. Jenson

    Dr. Hal B. Jenson, founding dean of WMed, will celebrate 10 years at the helm of the medical school. This summer, Dr. Jenson will retire and transition to a new role as dean emeritus. The WMed Live event will serve as the venue to formally honor Dr. Jenson for his bold leadership in establishing WMed as one of the finest new medical schools in the nation. Under Dr. Jenson’s leadership, WMed has achieved key institutional and programmatic  accreditations, appointed talented and accomplished medical school faculty, and educated a highly competitive medical school student body. Dr. Jenson’s legacy of leadership is second to none. The WMed Live event will provide the Kalamazoo community the opportunity to celebrate and honor Dr. Jenson’s accomplishments and legacy of leadership.  

  • Funds for the Future: WMed Live 2021 Philanthropic Giving Opportunities

    The WMed Next Decade Fund 

    The WMed Next Decade Fund is a special giving opportunity for community friends, companies, foundations, alumni, parents, WMed employees, and members of the Southwest Michigan healthcare community to make a gift in honor of Dr. Jenson to support the mission of the medical school for the future. The WMed Next Decade Fund will support initiatives like the following: 

    • The WMed COVID-19 Response Fund
    • The WMed Educational Pipeline Program
    • Student Medical Research Opportunities
    • The WMed General Scholarship Fund 
    • The Dean’s Innovation Fund

    All WMed employees making donations will also be recognized as donors to the UMake WMed campaign.

    The WMed Bold Futures Endowment Fund

    The WMed Bold Futures Endowment Fund is a giving opportunity to establish endowments for scholarship and financial aid to make WMed more accessible and affordable to our next generation of physicians. The fund will also support the creation of new endowed professorships to attract and retain the best faculty talent available.

  • Special 10th Anniversary Benefit to VIP Sponsors

    Dean's Circle Leadership Giving Society LogoA special benefit that is being offered to all VIP Sponsors of the WMed Live event is recognition as a Dean’s Circle Leadership Giving Society member for the 2020-21 fiscal year.

    The WMed Dean’s Circle Leadership Giving Society is the medical school’s premiere leadership unrestricted giving program. Individuals and businesses donating to the WMed Live event at $1,000 and above will not only be recognized as VIP Sponsors for this special occasion, they will also be recognized at one of the five Dean’s Circle leadership levels of: $1,000, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 or more.


Register to attend this monumental event and share your well-wishes, congratulatory message, or fond memories of Dr. Hal B. Jenson through the buttons below as we jointly wish him a joyful and relaxing retirement. 

Countdown to WMed Live 2021


Tune In for the Livestream

WMed Live 2021 Livestream Graphic


Please make sure to check back as we will provide regular updates as WMed Live 2021 draws closer. If you want to tune in to the livestream for the event, it will be available here on the afternoon of May 27.