Dr. Deborah Birx, the steady response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, graduated from western New York's Houghton College in 1976 with a degree in chemistry. As we know now, she would then change careers and later become one of the most recognizable physicians in the country. Houghton College President Shirley Mullen had the honor of introducing the distinguished guest at the Class of 2020's (virtual) commencement. It turns out that Birx had been making lasting impressions since her days as a student.
"She had already made a name for herself on campus as a gifted student and researcher," Mullen said of Dr. Birx in her introduction. "And I have heard actually from several of her professors who commented on how much she stood out even as an undergraduate here at Houghton. Even though they may not have known exactly where she would end up, they knew she was set for an amazing journey."