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arist College President Dennis J.
Murray awarded 1,525 degrees during
two graduation ceremonies in May on the
campus green.
On Friday, May 20, 115 adult students
received bachelor’s degrees, while 330 men
and women received master’s degrees. The
following day, 1,080 traditional undergradu-
ates were awarded bachelor’s degrees.
Marist College awarded 1,525 degrees at commencement ceremonies May 20 and 21. Above, the ceremony for traditional undergraduates
drew an estimated 10,000 guests to the campus green.
1,525 Receive Degrees at Commencement Ceremonies
Lt. Col. Amy Meeks, associate director
of admissions at the United States Military
Academy at West Point and a 2002 Marist
master’s alumna, addressed graduates at the
School of Global and Professional Programs
Commencement on Friday. She was awarded
the Distinguished Alumna Medal.
Michael Korda, editor in chief emeritus
for the publishing giant Simon and Schuster,
was the featured speaker at the undergrad-
uate ceremony and was presented with an
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Korda is the author of the No. 1 best seller
and the best-selling novels
The Fortune
. He wrote the recently published
Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
following extensive research among the Lowell
Thomas Papers archived in the Cannavino
Library at Marist.
Ellen Hancock Succeeds
Robert Dyson as
Marist Board Chair
echnology executive Ellen M. Hancock
has been elected chair of the Marist
College Board of Trustees, succeeding
businessman and philanthropist Robert
R. Dyson, who held the position for 16
years. Hancock chaired her frst meetings
of the board on Feb. 4 and 5, 2011.
Hancock joined the Marist board in 1988
and is the frst woman to serve as chair. She
has been a pioneer in the feld of technolo-
gy, rising to senior executive positions with
the IBM Corp., National Semiconductor, and
Apple Computers before becoming chief exec-
utive offcer of Exodus Communications, Inc.,
then president of Jazz Technologies, Inc. She
serves on the corporate boards of Aetna,
Inc., and Colgate-Palmolive Co. She also
serves as chair of the board of the Institute
for Advanced Catholic Studies; is a trustee of
the Pacifc Council on International Policy and
Springboard Enterprises, a women’s venture
capital catalyst; and is on the advisory board
of the nonproft Rand Corp.
Hancock and her husband, Jason, resi-
dents of Ridgefeld, Conn., and Los Altos
Hills, Calif., were the lead donors for the
Hancock Center, a $35 million, technolog-
ically advanced academic and economic
development center in the heart of the College’s
Hudson River-front campus (see Page 8 for
more on the Hancock Center). In announcing
her gift for the center, Hancock stressed the
importance of combining outstanding facul-
ty with state-of-the-art facilities to create a
world-class college.
Dyson is chairman and CEO of the
Manhattan-based Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corp.
and president of the Dyson Foundation. The
longest-serving board chair in Marist history,
he led the College through an unprecedent-
ed period of growth in academic programs,
new facilities, and enhanced national reputa-
tion. During his tenure, Marist constructed
a new library, a classroom building that is
home to the College’s School of Liberal Arts,
four student residential complexes, a tennis
complex, and a riverfront park; added a ftness
facility to the James J. McCann Recreation
Center; converted a former steel plant into a
center for visual arts and art gallery; and
renovated the chapel, residence halls,
chemistry labs, and Student Center.
Dyson also played a lead role in the
College’s current capital campaign, which
has raised more than $141.7 million toward
its $150 million goal, with new endow-
ments for scholarships, faculty chairs,
and physical plant improvements. Over
the past 16 years, Marist has seen appli-
cations double to more than 11,000 for 950
seats in each year’s freshman class. Marist also
added numerous programs for adult learn-
ers and graduate degrees, opened a branch
campus in Florence, Italy, and expanded its
virtual campus globally through an array of
online programs.
“Rob Dyson’s leadership has brought
us to the point where we have gone from a
regionally known college to an internationally
recognized institution of higher education that
has made a name for itself in using technol-
ogy to enhance teaching and learning,” says
Marist President Dennis J. Murray. “To get us
to the next phase of our development, there
is no one with greater vision for what can be
accomplished than Ellen Hancock.”
Dyson, who is the second-longest-serv-
ing current board member, was appointed a
Marist trustee in 1975 and will remain on the
board as immediate past chair.
Ellen M. Hancock
Robert R. Dyson