New York City native, adjunct professor, and College of Mount Saint Vincent graduate Robin Ferrer returns to his boarding school on Sunday, June 11 where he will be honored during Milton Hershey School’s commencement ceremony. He has been named 2023 Alumnus of the Year.
Ferrer, who is the first Hispanic alumnus to receive the award, is being honored for having demonstrated generosity, performed distinguished service in their career and exhibited high achievement standards both personally and professionally.
Milton Hershey recognizes Ferrer for his accomplishments in healthcare leadership. He has dedicated his career to health care since he began as a bedside nurse at New York-Presbyterian hospitals. He now serves as vice president of emergency services for the Mount Sinai Emergency Department and Urgent Care.
Ferrer received his bachelor of science from Pennsylvania State University. Later, he traveled to the Bronx and enrolled in the College of Mount Saint Vincent, where he received his master’s degree in nursing administration and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in health care management.
He became a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Greater Hospital Association of New York. He is also a board-certified nurse executive.
After earning money from his chocolate factory, Milton Hershey and his wife Catherine founded the Milton Hershey School in 1909. It started as a school for orphans focusing on agricultural and vocational training. Now it serves more than 2,000 students each year and is one of the world’s best private schools. Pre-K through 12th grade students live on campus with high-quality education and structured home life.