Former Chancellor to Present Commencement Address at UU
URBANA, Ohio (December 3, 2013) - Mr. Roderick G. W. Chu, Chancellor Emeritus of the Ohio Board of Regents, is the keynote speaker for the 122nd Urbana University Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Warren G. Grimes Center gymnasium. Christopher Workman, from Troy, Ohio, is the valedictorian. He will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in English and communication arts. Thirteen graduates and eighty-four undergraduates will receive diplomas. Mr. Chu will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters during the ceremony.
Chu served as chancellor and a member of Governors George Voinovich’s and Bob Taft’s cabinets from 1998 to 2006. He is a former managing partner of Accenture and was New York State’s Commissioner of Taxation and Finance under Governor Mario M. Cuomo. At Accenture, he was responsible for its government practice worldwide and a member of the firm’s 30-member Global Management Council. In his years as tax commissioner and chancellor, he was the highest-ranking Chinese-American in government and education in the U.S.
Since leaving the Board of Regents, he has served as Interim President of the Education Commission of the States and on the boards of the College Board, the Cornell University Council, State Farm Bank, Peace Lutheran Church, and the Board of Scholars and Councilors of the University of Southern California’s Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice. In the education realm, he served in numerous leadership roles including president of SHEEO (the national association of state higher education system heads), trustee of the SUNY system, and member of: the U.S. Dept. of Education’s National Post-secondary Education Cooperative’s Executive Committee; Ohio’s Commission on Higher Education and the Economy, Third Frontier Commission, Workforce Policy Board, and Educator Standards Board; and the Midwest Higher Education Commission.
A native of New York City, Chu holds a bachelor of science in mathematics and physics from the University of Michigan, a master of business administration with distinction from Cornell University, and several honorary degrees.