Thunderbird alumnus Eric Bing to be speaker at Spring 2022 Convocation

Eric Bing, Thunderbird alumnus, Chancellor and CEO of the College of Health Care Professions (CHCP) has been named the Spring 2022 Convening Lecturer for Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Bing graduated from Thunderbird in 1994 and has dedicated his entire career to expanding health care education, quality health care, and workforce development opportunities for communities around the world.

Eric Bing, a 1994 graduate of Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, will be the keynote speaker at the Spring 2022 Convocation Ceremony on May 10.
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Since 2015, he has led CHCP, the largest allied healthcare training provider in Texas, and led the institution’s work to continually improve graduation and employment outcomes. Under his leadership, CHCP developed and implemented a nationally recognized flexible and stackable pathway model to enable economic mobility for working adults and developed a career-focused strategy in partnership with over 1,500 employers. .

“Eric Bing is one of many esteemed and accomplished Thunderbird alumni,” said Sanjeev Khagram, CEO and Dean of the Thunderbird School of Global Management. “He has worked extensively in higher education, public health and global impact, and I believe he demonstrates a remarkable set of values ​​that enable global leaders and managers to advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity in the world. Thank you, Eric, my friend, for being an example of a global mindset, maximizing the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and continuing to drive Thunderbird forward.

Prior to leading CHCP, Bing established an itinerant nursing and therapy company, as well as a company that worked to address health worker shortages by training and placing highly skilled Filipino nurses in major systems. American hospitals.

Earlier in his career, he engaged in efforts to increase health care and delivery capacity in East Africa, expanding vaccine management and antiretroviral training while creating deeper integration with international relief efforts against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

An active community service leader, Bing chaired AmeriCorps for Texas, which deploys more than 4,300 volunteers for community service projects in Texas communities. He has served Thunderbird as a Trustee, Chairman of the Thunderbird Global Council, and currently, as a member of the Thunderbird Global Alumni Network (TGAN) Advisory Council.

Bing holds an MBA in International Finance from Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Management, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business. .

“Like many T-birds, Eric is an innovator in his field and has been responsible for educating thousands of young people who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to change their future,” said Patrick McDermott, director of the commitment to the Thunderbird School of Global Management. “Students will be able to learn from Eric and see how his Thunderbird experience has shaped him professionally and consequently positively impacted the lives of so many others.”

The Spring Class of 2022

Thunderbird will recognize a record 305 graduates at the Spring 2022 Convocation Ceremony taking place Tuesday, May 10 at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.

“This is our largest class of graduates in the past decade and is a testament to the incredible work of so many of our staff and faculty,” Khagram said. “I continue to be inspired by our graduates and their dedication to helping build a more peaceful and prosperous global community. I look forward to hearing what they will conquer next and how their Thunderbird degree has encouraged them to become global leaders by maximizing the benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for business, government, society and the environment.

One of Thunderbird’s most centuries-old traditions is the Parade of International Flags, started by students in 1977. Students carry flags from different nations and perform by sharing their home country’s culture. Thunderbird graduate students represent more than 40 countries, including Afghanistan, Austria, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan and Kenya. , Mexico, Nepal, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Republic of Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago , Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America and Venezuela.

Notable graduates

Ashley Hernandez grew up in San Luis, Arizona and Mexicali, Mexico. She chose to attend Arizona State University because of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

“Thunderbird is using technology to make business and management more accessible than ever, especially on an international scale, and I want to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said the Obama Fellowship and Education Forward Arizona Fellow. . “My bicultural upbringing has made me a knowledge-hungry person. That’s why I decided to come to Thunderbird; I wanted to learn about other cultures and businesses through a global lens.

“As part of the 4+1 program, I attended in-person sessions at the new world headquarters of F. Francis and Dionne Najafi Thunderbird,” Rauner said. “The sessions helped me create a greater connection with Thunderbird and a better understanding of its history. One of the highlights of my undergraduate career was meeting one of my peers, Pat Kamara née Sondai, diplomat from Sierra Leone, during one of the in-person sessions For me, two people from completely different worlds working together and creating a friendship, that’s what Thunderbird is all about.

Ashraf A. Ismai, originally from Sudan, is passionate about using his Masters in Global Management to better serve communities in need and provide quality education to refugees.

“I signed up for Thunderbird after my childhood friend recommended it. He’s also an alumnus who has always spoken a lot about his experience. He often describes his experience as life-changing. After completing the program , I can see what he means because this school has really changed my life,” said Ismai.