Presenting the Presidential Global Citizen Award 2022 Recipient: Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

Video Transcript

President Tim Cost:

Several years ago, when I became president, I thought this would be the perfect University to create platforms for smarter discussions. Not republican, not democrat, not left, not right, but a smarter higher-level discussion. So, we created the President’s Global Citizen Award because we wanted to bring to Jacksonville, and especially onto our campus, kind of the best and brightest in their field. And if you looked back what we’ve done, we created this discourse. First-year, business, and commerce, we wanted to focus on what was going on in the economy and bring that discussion into the university. So we invited, at the time, the most famous female executive in the world, Indra Nooyi, the Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. She came here and did an incredible job, stayed the whole day, met with students, did a Q & A, and we sold the place out. It was great!

We wanted to go from there and talk more about arts, history, storytelling, and culture. And we invited, and we were really gratified to get, I think the greatest storyteller in the world, Ken Burns, the incredible documentarian. Then we wanted to move on and talk about the world of sort of true global citizenry, philanthropy, giving back, the idea of a worldwide ecosystem, so we asked Dr. Makaziwe Mandela is she would come here. She flew from South Africa to Jacksonville on her Dad’s 101st birthday and we celebrated what it’s like to see the world three hundred and sixty degrees.

I think we got one of the most exciting guests ever coming. The president and chief executive of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Gianrico Farrugia. He’s agreed to come here and spend the day with us on March the third. I’ve known Gianrico Farrugia for years. There simply isn’t anyone more thoughtful and strategic on what’s going on in the world today. Whether it’s healthcare, technology, or economics, we want to talk about where’s healthcare going. Is it going to be done more in the home? Are we all going to have to get use to what’s being done virtually? Where’s the nexus point between this emerging, incredible wave of technology and how we're all going to be treated in the future? I think that day, Gianrico Farrugia, kind of unchained is going to be really something.

Jacksonville University 2022 Presidential Global Citizen Award Presentation and CeremonyHonoring

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.

President and CEO, Mayo Clinic

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Global Citizen Award Ceremony
Jacksonville University, Howard Terrace
Ticketed Luncheon

Time  11:30 a.m.

Luncheon Tickets