Dr. John Ruffin, a 1965 Dillard University alumnus and founding director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will deliver the keynote address at Founders’ Day Convocation set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. The University will be celebrating its 145th anniversary.

Ruffin has developed programs that increase the number of minority scientists, physicians and health care professionals. He has brought health disparities research into the organizational structure of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Immediately following the convocation, The Ray Charles Program for African American Material Culture will host the inaugural “Dillard University Sunday Dinner,” a dining experience for fellowship and to thank its dedicated alumni. The dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Kearny Dining Hall on Dillard’s campus.

The Founders’ Day Convocation and the Sunday Dinner are open to the public.