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Quote: My only limitation is my imagination.
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, Alabama United States
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Interview Date: 12/18/2015

Healthcare executive Lloyd Dean was born in Alabama in June of 1950 and grew up in Muskegon, Michigan. His father was a foundry worker and his mother was a homemaker. In 1969, Dean enrolled at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he earned his B.S. and M.A. degrees in sociology and education, respectively. He is also a graduate of Pennsylvania State University's Executive Management program. Dean also holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of San Francisco.

Between 1972 and 1978, Dean worked as a junior high school teacher and paralegal assistant, taught communications courses at Western Michigan University, and served as a news anchor for WOTV in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1978, he met a pharmaceutical executive named Lawrence Hoff, who recruited him to work at his company, Upjohn. Dean worked at Upjohn Company, where he rose from assistant regional manager in the health care services division to Executive Vice President of Marketing and Operations, until 1990. He then moved to Illinois, where he worked at Consumer Health Service, EHS Healthcare, and Advocate Healthcare. In 2000, he was recruited to join Catholic Healthcare West, now known as Dignity Health, where he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Dean currently serves on the boards of Wells Fargo & Company, McDonald's Corp., Navigant Consulting Inc, and Cytori Therapeutics, Inc.. He also serves as Board Chair for the Committee on JOBS, an organization that brings employment to the San Francisco Bay area.

Dean has been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act. He is a 2014 recipient of the CEO Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. In 2014, Dean was also named among the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare. He has also been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times for Excellence in Leadership and has received multiple awards from 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc.

Dean lives in Half Moon Bay, California with his wife, Suzanne Dean. They have two children, Nathan and Nicole.

Lloyd Dean was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 18, 2015.

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