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BW is celebrating the success of 355 students at its Fall Commencement, which is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Medical Mutual leader Rick Chiricosta to speak at Fall Commencement

November 8, 2017

Headshot of Medical Mutual chairman, president and chief executive officer Rick ChiricostaApproximately 243 undergraduate and 112 graduate students will participate in the Baldwin Wallace University Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2 p.m., in Ursprung Gymnasium in the Lou Higgins Center. 

The speaker is Rick Chiricosta, who serves as the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Medical Mutual of Ohio – the oldest and largest health insurance company based in Ohio. 

An exemplary leader who has been with Medical Mutual for more than 30 years, Chiricosta has had an ascending and impressive role with the company. Prior to his appointment as CEO in January 2009, he served as president of the Life Group for Consumers Life Insurance Company, for which he facilitated Medical Mutual’s re-entry into the life insurance business in 2008. 

Among his educational achievements, Chiricosta earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo and a master of business administration degree from Bowling Green State University. He is a certified public accountant and is a member of both the American Institute of CPAs and the Ohio Society of CPAs. He also earned an FLMI (Fellow, Life Management Institute) designation.

Active in the community, Chiricosta serves as chairman of the Greater Cleveland Partnership and on the boards of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. He also is an executive committee board member of the United Way of Greater Cleveland and the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. In addition, he is a member of the Cuyahoga County Early Childhood Education Partnership Council. 

In 2011, Chiricosta was inducted into the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame, which recognizes key contributors in Cleveland’s successful business history.