Commencement Keynote Speakers

Commencement Keynote Speakers

Fall 2016
Dr. Ralph Stengler 
President, Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences

Spring 2016
David Black
President & CEO, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC

Fall 2015
Dr. Eva J. Pell 
Retired Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution, Former Penn State Senior Vice-President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

Spring 2015
Jim Hoehn 
Regional President Central PA, PNC Bank

Fall 2014
William M. Stout, P.E.
Chairman and CEO, Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Spring 2014
Tom Lynch
Chairman and CEO, TE Connectivity

Fall 2013
Barry Schoch ’82
Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 

Spring 2013
William M. Lambert
President and CEO, Mine Safety Appliance Company

Fall 2012
Kathleen A. Pavelko
President and CEO, witf

Spring 2012
Admiral James M. Loy
Retired Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Retired Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

Fall 2011
Homer C. Floyd
Retired Executive Director, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Spring 2011
Rosa C. Stroh
Vice President and Treasurer, The Hershey Company

Fall 2010
Kevin Harter
Chairman, Saladax Biomedical, Inc.
2010 Penn State Harrisburg Alumni Fellow

Spring 2010
Rob McCord
Treasurer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Fall 2009
The Honorable Patricia Vance
Pennsylvania State Senator

Spring 2009
Dr. David Han
Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology, Penn State College of Medicine President of the Penn State Alumni Association

Fall 2008
Representative Tim Holden
U.S. Congressman

Spring 2008
Shelley Clarke Nickel
Associate Vice Chancellor for Planning and Implementation,
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Fall 2007
Douglas Neidich
General Manager, Amphenol InterCon Systems, Inc.

Spring 2007
George Zoffinger
President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority

Fall 2006
James Mead
Managing Director of JM Mead, LLC.
Retired President and CEO, Capital Blue Cross

Spring 2006
Kathleen A. McGinty
Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Fall 2005
J. Alex Hartzler
President, WCI Partners, Inc.

Spring 2005
William F. Christ
Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Hershey Foods Corp. (retired)

Fall 2004
Catherine Baker Knoll
Lieutenant Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Spring 2004
John O’Brien
President, Milton S. Hershey School

Fall 2003
The Honorable Pedro A. Cortes
Secretary of the Commonwealth

Spring 2003
Col. Jeffrey B. Miller
Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police

Fall 2002
Kathy Manderino
State Representative

Spring 2002
Sheila Dow Ford
Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency-American Education Services (PHEAA-AES)

Fall 2001
Edna V. Baehre, Ph.D.
President, Harrisburg Area Community College

Spring 2001
Honorable Mark S. Singel
Former Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania
Managing Director, Public Affairs Management, LLC.

Summer and Fall 2000
Senator Joe Conti
Pennsylvania State Senator

Spring 2000
William J. Mahar, Ph.D.
Director, School of Humanities