Marist College's 68th Annual Commencement Exercises
MARIST TO GRADUATE 1,568 AT TWO COMMENCEMENTS; PIONEERING FINANCIAL JOURNALIST SUE HERERA AND FEDERAL RESERVE BANK EXECUTIVE WILLIAM CHRISTIE TO DELIVER ADDRESSES
POUGHKEEPSIE (May 7, 2014) – Sue Herera, the pioneering financial journalist and award-winning author and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” will be the featured speaker at Marist College’s undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, May 24, and will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. As a founding member of world business news leader CNBC, who began her career at the Financial News Network, Herera was one of the first women to break into broadcast business journalism and ascend to the top of her profession.
William T. Christie ’91 MS will address graduates at the adult and graduate Commencement on Friday, May 23. He will be awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Medal, the highest award presented to a Marist graduate. As the executive vice president of the Technology Services Group and the chief information officer at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Christie is responsible for ensuring the performance and integrity of the technology platform that underpins the work of the largest bank in the Federal Reserve system.
Marist College President Dennis J. Murray will confer a total of 1,568 degrees during the two ceremonies, which are both scheduled to take place on the campus green. On Friday evening, 122 adult students will receive bachelor’s degrees, while 296 students will receive master’s degrees. On Saturday, 1,150 traditional undergraduates will be awarded their bachelor’s degrees.
Approximately 2,000 family members, friends, and other visitors are expected to attend the May 23 Commencement, while an additional 10,000 guests are due to come to the Marist campus the following day.
About the Commencement Speakers:
Sue Herera is co-anchor of "Power Lunch" (which airs at 1 p.m. ET Monday through Friday). In 2004, she was host and anchor of CNBC's special international series "CNBC in Russia," which took an in-depth look into Russia's economy and leadership, contrasting the country's successes with its problems. She won the first-place prize in the National Headliner Awards for the special. She also hosted "CNBC in India," which took top honors in the Business & Consumer Reporting category.
Herera was one of the first women to break into the world of broadcast business news, earning her the nickname "The First Lady of Wall Street." In her 20-plus years of covering Wall Street, Herera has provided viewers with a seasoned perspective on the major stories and issues moving the markets and groundbreaking interviews with leaders in politics and corporate America.
She is a founding member of CNBC, helping to launch the network in 1989. Well-versed in the world of global economics, Herera has covered several of the major geopolitical summits held overseas. She has traveled to China and Japan to report on and produce groundbreaking series about the economies of those countries.
Previous to joining CNBC, Herera spent seven years as an anchor and reporter with Financial News Network, honing her expertise in the areas of foreign exchange and futures trading. She is the author of "Women of the Street: Making It on Wall Street—The World's Toughest Business," and also hosted and helped produce the CNBC special "The Great Game: The Story of Wall Street."
Herera earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from California State University at Northridge in 1980, and in 2003, she was honored with the University's Distinguished Alumni Award.
William T. Christie is the executive vice president of the Technology Services Group and the chief information officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He is also a member of the Bank’s Management Committee.
The Technology Services Group (TSG) is responsible for provisioning automation and information services and solutions to the Bank in partnership with national service providers within the Federal Reserve System. The Bank’s location in the financial center of the nation and its relationship with the U.S. Department of the Treasury demands technical expertise, leadership and innovative engineering that TSG provides. The Group also provides national information security, incident response, national remote access services, and enterprise search services for the Federal Reserve System.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Christie was director of information systems and chief information officer for Commerce Bank.
Christie’s earlier experience includes ten years of employment at Bank of America/MBNA America. Most of his tenure there was with MBNA (acquired by Bank of America in 2005), where he served as a senior executive vice president.
Christie began his career working for IBM as an application developer. His tenure at IBM lasted 13 years and he left as a certified client/server specialist. Prior to IBM, Mr. Christie served for three years in the United States Army.
Christie received a master’s degree in information systems management from Marist College in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from St. John’s University in 1983.