Dr. Horner-Ibler '80 Named 2020 Commencement Keynote Speaker

Author: Carroll University

Published Date: 4/8/2020

Categories: University News


Dr. Barbara Horner-Ibler, MD
Dr. Barbara Horner-Ibler '80

Dr. Barbara Horner-Ibler will deliver the keynote address to Carroll University’s Class of 2020 at our virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2020. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the event.

Dr. Horner-Ibler, a 1980 Carroll University graduate, is a well-known physician and one of the founders of Bread of Healing Clinic, which provides free, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral health care to approximately 2,000 low-income patients a year. Started in 2000, it now has three locations in Milwaukee. 

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Horner-Ibler as our Commencement speaker. Her courageous work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic is making a huge difference in the lives of individuals who otherwise may not receive care,” said Carroll President Cindy Gnadinger. “Her ability and willingness to attend to the spiritual and medical needs of our community’s most vulnerable is a shining example of the ethos at Carroll University.”

Dr. Horner-Ibler, who was honored with Carroll’s Distinguished Alumna Award for Community Service in 2009, has earned multiple awards for teaching from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, as well as awards for social work and community service. She has published many medical articles, served on panels and presented programs on how to improve health among African-American women.

A fellow in the American College of Physicians, she is a licensed advanced practice social worker and a licensed Presbyterian minister.

In addition to earning a bachelor’s in religion and German at Carroll, Dr. Horner-Ibler has an M.D. from UW–Madison, a master’s in social work from the University of Chicago and a master’s of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

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