Honorary Degree Recipients

Michael Packnett was president and CEO of Parkview Health from 2006 until his retirement at the end of 2022.

Committed to Parkview’s mission and meeting the growing health care needs of northeast Indiana, he guided Parkview’s growth from 50 providers and 6,300 co-workers to more than 1,000 providers and 14,000 co-workers across 16 counties.

He also led the health system through challenging conditions, including the 2008 Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic.

During Packnett’s tenure, Parkview expanded into Wabash, Kosciusko and DeKalb counties, opened Parkview Regional Medical Center and added specialized cancer care with the Parkview Packnett Family Cancer Institute.

Awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash in 2019, he played an integral role in regional development initiatives, including transformational investments into the revitalization of downtown Fort Wayne with both Parkview Field and Electric Works. He is also a passionate advocate for advancement of the historically underserved southeast quadrant of Fort Wayne, supporting efforts to improve access to health care and early childhood education.

A member of the Manchester University Board of Trustees, Packnett has also served on boards of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, the Indiana Chamber, the Allen County Capital Improvement Board and Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

Before joining Parkview, Packnett served eight years as president and CEO at Mercy Health System of Oklahoma. He had been with the parent organization, Sisters of Mercy Health of St. Louis, Missouri, since 1993.

Glynn Hines is a 1973 Manchester graduate and longtime civic leader in Fort Wayne.

Elected in January 2023 as Fort Wayne City Council president, he has been on the council since 1999. He focuses on neighborhood empowerment, economic and business development, housing revitalization, new-housing development, public safety initiatives and programs that give young people positive alternatives.

Hines was instrumental in placing a “Rosa Parks” seat on every Citilink bus in Fort Wayne. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in history and in speech and drama from Manchester, and
then went on to graduate study at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Hines is a recipient of the Manchester Alumni Honor Award, the highest recognition the Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate.

He has been a Xerox Corp. marketing manager and Bank
One assistant vice president in the treasury management department. Through Brightpoint, he taught high school students core competencies related to work readiness, college preparation and life skills with Jobs for America’s Graduates.

Hines chose to attend Manchester in 1968 after hearing about what was, at the time, a controversial decision to have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak on campus. In February of 2021, he stood at the lectern where King spoke and gave the keynote address at Manchester’s MLK
Remembrance and Rededication Ceremony.

He told students about campus tensions in his day that led to physical altercations. One led to Black students seeking sanctuary in Petersime Chapel. This pivotal moment led to his role in establishing the AAFRO House – Afro Americans Forming Rightful Objectives – more than 50 years ago.