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50 years of speakers

March 30, 2011
From Staff Reports

PARKERSBURG - In its 50-year history, West Virginia University at Parkersburg has been graced with a who's who of commencement speakers from West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Commencement Speakers:

May 1967 Dean Carl M. Frasure

May 1969 Congressman Ken Hechler, U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District

May 1970 - Dr. F.L. Blair, West Virginia Board of Regents

May 1971 - William P. Turner, director of academic affairs, West Virginia Board of Regents

May 1972 Julius "Jay" Stern, chairman of the board, Wood County Bank

May 1973 - Merrill Patterson, academic dean emeritus, Marietta College

May 1974 - Joseph Semrow, executive director, North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

May 1975 - U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, U.S. Senate

June 1975 - James McCartney, West Virginia Secretary of State

May 1976 Student Speakers: Candi Kirby and Kandy Noland

June 1976 The Rev. Elaine Buker, associate minister, St. Paul Methodist Church

May 1977 Chancellor Ben Morton, West Virginia Board of Regents

June 1977 Sister Asunta Damron, administrative vice president and director of nursing, St. Joseph's Hospital

May 1978 Jim Braxton, professional football player, Buffalo Bills

May 1979 Byron McClenney, president, Parkersburg Community College

May 1980 Thomas Sullivan, president, Walker-Parkersburg Division of Textron Inc.

May 1981 Commissioner Gretchen Lewis, West Virginia Workmen's Compensation Fund

May 1982 Eldon Miller, president, Parkersburg Community College

May 1983 Delegate Joseph P. Albright, West Virginia House of Delegates

May 1984 Dr. Michel McIntosh, Class of 1971

May 1985 Samuel A. Harford, professor emeritus, Parkersburg Community College

May 1986 Niki Wenger, Parkersburg resident, national finalist for NASA's Teacher in Space Project

May 1987 Chancellor Thomas Cole Jr., West Virginia Board of Regents

May 1988 James Rowley, president, West Virginia College of Graduate Studies

May 1989 West Virginia Sen. Keith Burdette

May 1990 David Hardesty Jr., chairman, University of West Virginia Board of Trustees

May 1991 Richard Adams, member, University of West Virginia Board of Trustees

May 1992 Chancellor Charles Manning, University of West Virginia Board of Trustees

May 1993 Deborah Seldomridge, 1993 West Virginia Teacher of the Year

May 1994 Barbara Harmon-Schamberger, West Virginia Secretary of Education and the Arts

May 1995 Neil Bucklew, president, West Virginia University

May 1996 Bernard Allen, professor of history and philosophy, WVU-P

May 1997 David C, Hardesty Jr., president, West Virginia University

December 1997 Ron Atkinson, professor/chairman, Social Sciences Division, WVU-P

May 1998 Phyllis Arnold, member, University of West Virginia board of trustees

December 1998 Judith Osbourne, professor of nursing, WVU-P

May 1999 David Ice, Secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

December 1999 Eldon Miller, president, WVU-P

May 2000 Gerald Lang, provost and vice president for academic affairs and research, WVU

December 2000 Roger Allen, professor of speech, WVU-P

May 2001 Erik Bitterbaum, president, WVU-P

December 2001 Kay Goodwin, Secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts

May 2002 Jimmy Colombo, mayor of Parkersburg

December 2002 Lewis Rutherford, professor of speech, WVU-P

May 2003 - Keith Burdette, senior assistant for policy and legislative issues to Gov. Bob Wise

December 2003 Wes Bargeloh, professor of chemistry, WVU-P

May 2004 Ragina Copeland, professor of English, WVU-P

December 2004 Dottie Bibbee, professor of journalism, WVU-P

May 2005 Marie Foster Gnage, president, WVU-P

December 2005 Major Gen. Allen E. Tackett, West Virginia National Guard

May 2006 Emily Lamb, professor of English and reading, WVU-P

December 2006 Pamela Tanner Boll, Academy Award-winning producer and philanthropist

May 2007 Joseph Badgley, executive dean of academic affairs, WVU-P

December 2007 Jeannette Walls, West Virginia native and award-winning author of "The Glass Castle"

May 2008 Robert H. Foglesong, retired U.S. Air Force four star general, founder, Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation

December 2008 Betty Ireland, West Virginia Secretary of State

May 2009 Bray Cary, president/CEO, West Virginia Media

December 2009 David C. Hardesty Jr., president emeritus and professor of law, WVU

May 2010 Richard M. Adams Jr., president of United Bank, executive vice president of United Bankshares Inc.

December 2010 - Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

 
 

 

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