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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
One Should Always Try To Live Their Life And Try To Avoid Saying I Wish I Woulda, Shoulda.

Birthplace

Born:
5/3/1959
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
U.S. Virgin Islands
Favorite Quote:
One Should Always Try To Live Their Life And Try To Avoid Saying I Wish I Woulda, Shoulda.

Birthplace

Born:
5/3/1959
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Dr. Wayne Joseph Riley, President and CEO of Meharry Medical College was born on May 3, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Jacqueline Cerf Riley and Dr. Emile Edward Riley. His late father, who grew up with Andrew Young, Dr. Walter Young and Ellis Marsalis spoke of his days at Meharry Medical College. Raised in San Francisco, Buffalo and New Orleans, Riley attended San Gabriel School, Arch Angel Elementary School and St. Francis Cabrini Elementary School. In 1977, Riley graduated from Brother Martin High School in New Orleans as the top student and a member of the National Honor Society. He also was an active member of Youth for (Ernest “Dutch”) Morial for mayor. At Yale University, Riley, an officer in the Black Student Alliance, marched in Washington against South African apartheid in 1979. He graduated in 1981 with his B.S. degree in medical anthropology.

Riley was hired by Mayor Dutch Morial as part of the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). By 1986, Riley, at age 26, was elevated to deputy mayor of New Orleans, while taking pre-med courses at Xavier University. In 1991, Riley enrolled in Morehouse School of Medicine. There, under the leadership of Dr. Hugh Glouster and Dr. Louis Sullivan, he served twice as class president and earned his M.D. degree in 1993. Riley completed his residency training in internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in 1996. He also holds a M.P.H. degree in Health Systems Management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and was awarded an M.B.A. from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Management in 2002.

Riley was named vice president and vice dean for health affairs and governmental relations for Baylor College of Medicine. There, Riley was instrumental in the development of Baylor’s Community Economic Development program, the M.D./J.D. joint degree program with the University of Houston Law Center and serves on the faculty of the Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Management. He was the first African American corporate officer in Baylor’s one hundred plus year history. In 2004, Riley was named host of Baylor’s TV Healthline, which is distributed to more than 80 television markets. In 2005, Riley was elected to the American College of Physicians’ Board of Governors as Governor-elect for the Texas Southern region of the ACP (American College of Physicians). In 2006, Riley was named the tenth President and CEO of Meharry Medical College, his father’s alma mater and the nation’s largest private, historically black institution dedicated to educating healthcare professionals. As president, he manages an alliance with Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the funding of Nashville General Hospital. Riley, the recipient of many honors, received the 2006, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Riley is married to Dr. Charlene M. Dewey, and they have two children.

Riley was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 16, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wayne Riley lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wayne Riley describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wayne Riley describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wayne Riley describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wayne Riley describes his father's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne Riley talks about his father's athletic career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne Riley describes his father's experience at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wayne Riley describes his father's medical education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wayne Riley talks about his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne Riley talks about color discrimination in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne Riley lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne Riley describes the community of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne Riley describes how he takes after his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne Riley describes his earliest childhood memories, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne Riley remembers his family's return to New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne Riley remembers his childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wayne Riley remembers Mardi Gras festivals in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wayne Riley remembers his early activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Wayne Riley describes his early musical interests
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne Riley remembers the music community of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne Riley recalls his early interest in science and medicine
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne Riley remembers Brother Martin High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wayne Riley recalls his decision to attend Yale University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne Riley remembers Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne Riley recalls joining the staff of New Orleans Mayor Ernest Morial
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne Riley recalls his work for Ernest Morial's reelection campaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wayne Riley recalls becoming Ernest Morial's public liaison assistant
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne Riley remembers meeting African American civil rights leaders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne Riley recalls serving as the deputy mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne Riley reflects upon his time in Ernest Morial's administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne Riley remembers the death of Ernest Morial
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne Riley remembers Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne Riley describes the founding of Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wayne Riley recalls his career at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wayne Riley reflects upon his appointment to the senior staff of Baylor College of Medicine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wayne Riley recalls his work for Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wayne Riley talks about his marriage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wayne Riley remembers the forewarning of Hurricane Katrina
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wayne Riley talks about the flood control system in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wayne Riley recalls the impact of Hurricane Katrina on his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wayne Riley describes the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the City of New Orleans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wayne Riley recalls the presidential search at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wayne Riley recalls his decision to interview for the Meharry Medical College presidency
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Wayne Riley recalls his presidential appointment at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wayne Riley describes the history of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Wayne Riley talks about the mission of Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Wayne Riley talks about his presidency of Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Wayne Riley describes his hopes for Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Wayne Riley describes the research conducted at Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Wayne Riley describes the funding and accreditation of Meharry Medical College
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Wayne Riley describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Wayne Riley reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Wayne Riley reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Wayne Riley talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Wayne Riley narrates his photographs