Spring commencement speakers announced

The University will hold spring graduation ceremonies Friday and Saturday (May 2 and 3) in Anderson Arena at Memorial Hall. To accommodate the large graduating class, which numbers more than 2,300 students, four separate ceremonies are planned, each with its own commencement speaker or speakers.

BGSU Firelands ceremonies will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center.

• The Graduate College will hold its commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday. The guest speaker will be Dr. Larry Nulton of Westmont, Pa. Nulton is a well-known clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania who earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at BGSU in 1995.

In addition to working as a therapist, consultant and educator, Nulton developed an agency to provide comprehensive psychological and psychiatric services to children and adults. He sold the therapeutic support services portion of his agency in 2006 to concentrate his efforts on further developing clinical programs. He has since established a residential treatment facility, day treatment programs and an extensive geriatric program offering psychiatric and psychological services to patients.

• James L. Bailey of New Canaan, Conn., retired chief operating officer of U.S. Trust and retired executive vice president of Citibank, will speak at commencement ceremonies for students in the College of Arts and Sciences at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Bailey graduated from BGSU in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He joined Citicorp in 1972 and advanced through the ranks, serving from 1992-94 as executive vice president in charge of Citibank’s North American consumer bank, then three years as executive vice president for global transaction services. From 1997 until retiring in 2000, he implemented a worldwide Six Sigma quality program for the organization. After a brief stint as a banking consultant, he was chief operating officer of U.S. Trust and a member of the executive committee of Schwab from 2003-07.

• Three degree candidates will speak at the 1 p.m. commencement Saturday for students in the colleges of Business Administration, Health and Human Services, and Technology. They are Curtis Farnsel of Metamora, Jenna Klamfoth of Bucyrus and David Hotler of Columbus.

Farnsel is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in business administration with specializations in accounting and finance. He plans to complete a master’s degree program in accountancy at BGSU, then begin full-time employment with Ernst & Young in Toledo.

Klamfoth is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. An Alumni Laureate Scholar and winner of a University Professors Scholarship, she will graduate summa cum laude. She has been accepted for graduate school at Ohio State University.

Hotler is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in technology education. His honors have included the E.C. Powell Memorial Scholarship, the Robert W. Innis Industrial Teacher Education Scholarship and the Robert C. Roe Family Scholarship.

• Martin Porter of Bowling Green, founding and current director of the Toledo School for the Arts, will address graduating students in the College of Musical Arts and College of Education and Human Development during the final commencement exercises of the day, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

A graduate of Wittenberg University, Porter earned his master’s degree in trumpet performance at BGSU. Before opening the Toledo School for the Arts in 1999, he was director of public events for the BGSU College of Musical Arts and, later, executive director of the Lima Area Arts Council. An active performer with the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Jazz orchestras, he has appeared with many noted artists as a freelance musician. He also has served on the boards of several area arts organizations, including the Toledo Jazz Society and Toledo Ballet Association.

• Chris Redfern (D-80th District) will speak at the Firelands commencement. The chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and a state representative since 1999, he was Democratic leader in the Ohio House from 2002-06. He is a former Ottawa Country commissioner known for his advocacy of environmental causes, particularly the protection of Lake Erie and its environs.

Redfern, who also spoke at Firelands’ 2002 commencement, attended Firelands and graduated from BGSU in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in political science and in 1991 with a master's degree in state and local government. In 2004, he received the Accomplished Graduate Award. He lives in Catawba Island Township.

April 28, 2008