May Institute CEO Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Boston Business Journal


May Institute’s reputation for unparalleled commitment to excellence can be credited, in large part, to the steadfast leadership and dedication of President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP.

This summer, the Boston Business Journal selected Dr. Christian as the recipient of its prestigious “Champions in Health Care” 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes the “best of the best” among the Commonwealth’s healthcare community. Honorees “exemplify an enduring commitment to excellence in advancing the quality of healthcare.”

Dr. Christian accepted his award at a celebratory breakfast in Boston on September 26, 2008, which was attended by hundreds of guests from the state’s business and healthcare communities. He was honored for his three decades of leadership at May Institute, during which time the organization has earned an international reputation for providing outstanding services to children and adults with special needs. An ardent defender of the rights of individuals with disabilities, Dr. Christian played a crucial role in deinstitutionalization in Massachusetts and throughout the country.

“For a vision to become reality, you need an extraordinary team,” says Dr. Christian. “It is a tremendous privilege to work with the finest in our field. I share this honor with our staff and with the countless families who are so much a part of May Institute’s legacy. They are the real champions behind the achievements recognized by this award.”