University of Portland announces 2016 Commencement speakers and honorees


February 26, 2016

The University of Portland has announced the honorees to be recognized during the 2016 Commencement ceremonies, which will be held on campus in the Chiles Center on Sunday, May 1. To accommodate the increasing number of graduates and their family members, there will be two ceremonies this year: Commencement I, which begins at 10 a.m., is for graduates of the College of Arts and Science and School of Education; Commencement II, which starts at 2 p.m., is for graduates of the Pamplin School of Business, Shiley School of Engineering, and School of Nursing.

Christus Magister Medal

D. Allen Lund and Kathleen Lund
Receiving the University’s highest honor, the Christus Magister medal, is D. Allen Lund and his wife, Kathleen, of Pasadena, Calif. The Lunds are longtime supporters of the University of Portland and Catholic education. Allen is the president and CEO of the Allen Lund Company, a transportation and logistics brokerage, which he established in 1976. He is chairman of the University of Portland’s Board of Regents. The Lunds’ dedication to the mission of this University has changed the landscape of the campus in myriad ways. One of the most visible changes is the University’s Bell Tower, which has quickly become an iconic campus landmark since its dedication in 2009. Other crucial endeavors that they have supported include the establishment of an endowed scholarship for students, the renovation of the library, the building of a new recreation center, and a rare Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, which is on permanent display in the Clark Library. Beyond The Bluff, Allen and Kathleen received the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton award from the National Catholic Education Association in 2009 for their significant support of Catholic education, and in 2011 Kathleen was named a Cardinal Honoree by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Kathleen has been a longtime advocate for pro-life causes and is a board member and past president of the Right to Life League of Southern California. She is also a board member for Holy Cross Family Ministries, serves on the advisory board for Sacred Heart Elementary School, and is committed to many endeavors benefiting education for inner-city children. Allen serves on the board of directors of St. Francis High School and St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif.; on the finance council for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; as trustee for the Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; and as Chairman of the Board of the Magis Institute. 

Commencement Speakers

Morning Commencement Address

Fedele Bauccio ’64, ’66 MBA, ’04 Hon.
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.

Afternoon Commencement Address and Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate

Tim Boyle
 Columbia Sportswear’s chief executive officer Tim Boyle will receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the address at the University’s afternoon Commencement ceremony. A Portland native, he graduated from Jesuit High School in 1967 and earned his a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1971. That same year, he stepped into help run Columbia Sportswear when his father, Neal Boyle, the company president since 1964, died suddenly of a heart attack. Together, he and his mother, Gert Boyle, reshaped the small and struggling Portland-based sportswear company into what is now a globally recognized brand with net sales of more than $2.3 billion. Tim Boyle and his wife, Mary, are also known for their commitment to and support of causes in fields as wide-ranging as scientific research, education, and the arts. They were instrumental in the success of Oregon Health Science University’s Knight Cancer Challenge; they have supported such local Catholic institutions as St. Mary’s Academy and University of Portland, as well as Tim Boyle’s alma mater, University of Oregon, and have been generous benefactors to Portland Center Stage. Tim Boyle also serves on the board of directors of Northwest Natural Gas Company and Craft Brewers Alliance, Inc. His business acumen and belief in the efforts of other Oregonians has had a far-reaching impact in this state and beyond.

Honorary Doctorate Recipients

Eleanor Baum 
Educator and electrical engineer Eleanor Baum holds the distinction of being the first female dean of an engineering school in the United States, serving in that capacity at Pratt Institute starting in 1984. She is also the first woman to be president of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  She is also a past president of ABET, the engineering accreditation association, and a former chair of the New York Academy of Sciences. Until 2012, Baum was dean of engineering at The Cooper Union in New York City, as well as executive director of the Cooper Union Research Foundation. She is currently dean emerita. In 1988 she won the Emily Warren Roebling Award from the National Women’s Hall of Fame; in 1990 she was awarded the Upward Mobility Award by the Society for Women in Engineering; and in 1996 she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame. Baum is recognized nationally for her work in advancing engineering education and promoting engineering as a career for women and minorities. 

David Brooks
David Brooks is a nationally recognized columnist for The New York Times, an analyst on PBS’ Newshour and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, a frequent contributor on Meet the Press, and a best-selling author. His most recent novel, The Road to Character, discusses why selflessness leads to greater success and how we can all strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth. His previous books include The Social Animal, On Paradise Drive, and Bobos in Paradise. Prior to working at the New York Times, Brooks worked at The Wall Street Journal for nine years and wrote for The New Yorker, Forbes, and The Washington Post, among others. He currently teaches a course at Yale University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In March of 2016, David Brooks will speak at the University of Portland, and he will be awarded his doctorate of humane letters at that time.

Rev. Robert S. Pelton, C.S.C.
Rev. Robert Pelton of the Congregation of Holy Cross is recognized as a preeminent scholar on Blessed Oscar Romero, who was the subject of his two most recent books: Monsignor Romero: A Bishop for the Third Millennium and Archbishop Romero: Martyr and Prophet for the New Millennium. In 2012, his documentary, Monseñor, the Last Journey of Óscar Romero, received top honors Film Festival of the Latin American Studies Association. Fr. Pelton is a concurrent professor emeritus of theology, director emeritus for the Institute for Pastoral and Social Ministry Director, and director emeritus and founder of Latin American/North American Church Concerns at the University of Notre Dame. At Notre Dame, he was also a professor and fellow in the Joan. B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the founder and director of the Notre Dame Institute for Clergy Education, and the congregational chaplain for the Sisters of the Holy Cross. Fr. Pelton served as a credentialed journalist at the third and fourth General Conferences of the Latin American Bishops in 1979 and 1993, as well as at the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops in 1977 and Pope John Paul II’s visit to Brazil in 1980.

Cathy Rush
Women’s sports pioneer Cathy Rush was head basketball coach at Immaculata College from 1972 to 1977. Her “Mighty Macs” won the 1972, 1973, and 1974 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championships. In 1975, she coached the U.S. women’s basketball team to the Pan American Games gold medal. After retiring from coaching, Rush became the first female commentator for women’s basketball on national television in 1978. She is the founder and president of Future Stars Camps, which focuses on basketball, field hockey, soccer, and sports and arts camps for girls and boys. Thanks to her leadership and record of 149-15 (a .909 winning percentage), Rush was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, and was also a 2000 inductee into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Steve Shepard
Steve Shepard graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in business in 1958 and has been a member of the University’s Board of Regents since 1989. He and his wife, Donna, are namesakes and benefactors of the University’s Shepard Academic Resource Center, which has expanded beyond its original mission as a center dedicated to helping first-year students successfully transition from high school to college to its current focus of serving all students with a wide-range of support services throughout their years at the University. Steve Shepard is managing director of M Benefit Solutions, an executive compensation and benefits firm that administers nonqualified executive benefit plans. He also serves on the Self Enhancement Inc. Foundation Board and is a member of the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute Foundation Advisory Council as well as Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation Council of Trustees. He is a member of the Oregon Estate Planning Council, Advanced Association of Life Underwriters, and is past president of the Portland Life Underwriters Association. In 2012, Shepard was inducted into the University's Pamplin School of Business Hall of Fame for his contributions to his alma mater and the local Portland community.

Ron Thomas
Ron Thomas became the thirteenth president of the University of Puget Sound in 2003, a position he will hold until the end of June 2016. Under his leadership, Puget Sound was named as the nation’s number one producer of Peace Corps volunteers in 2007 and tied for that position in 2016 for universities its size, and in 2006 became a top-ten producer of Fulbright Scholars for baccalaureate colleges. Puget Sound has also been honored with seven Washington State Professor of the Year awards from the Carnegie Foundation. Prior to leading Puget Sound, Thomas was a faculty member at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. At Trinity, he also served as college vice president and as acting president, leading the implementation of Trinity’s nationally recognized engagement with the community. His scholarly publications include chapters in more than fourteen books and three books of his own, including Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science and Dreams of Authority: Freud and the Fictions of the Unconscious. He has served on the board of directors for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and as chair of its Committee on Student Aid. He is a past member of the board of directors for the American Council on Education and the Chronicle of Higher Education and New York Times Higher Education Cabinet.

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