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Fedele Bauccio

Fedele Bauccio ’64, ’66 MBA, ’04 Hon., co-founder and CEO of Bon Appétit Management Company, will deliver the address for the morning Commencement ceremony. After working for more than two decades in the food service industry, Fedele Bauccio launched Bon Appétit in 1987 with the idea of offering on-site restaurants that served fresh and healthy food options. Today, the company operates more than 650 customized onsite restaurants for corporations, universities (including his alma mater), museums, and sports venues in 31 states. He was named a Most Admired CEO: Community Champion by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015, and in 2014 won the EY Entrepreneur of The Year National Retail and Consumer Products Award for redefining the food service industry and pioneering environmental and local sourcing policies. From 2006 to 2008, he served on the prestigious Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, which issued a landmark report calling for humane treatment of animals. In 2011, he was one of ten inaugural recipients of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. With his wife, Linda, he established the Bauccio Lecture in Entrepreneurship, which brings national leaders to the University of Portland campus each year. He was also instrumental in the recent remodel of the Pilot House as well as the University’s dining hall, which was aptly renamed Bauccio Commons in 2010.