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Connor, Bordenkircher

to Speak at Commencement

on May 5, 6


Live Webcast of Commencement

Available 30 minutes prior to the ceremony.


Two prominent Ohio leaders will address graduates and their families at the 162nd BW commencement ceremonies May 5 and 6, 2012.

Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Sherwin-Williams Company, will speak to nearly 750 students, their family members and friends at the undergraduate ceremony Sunday, May 6, 2:30 p.m., in the George Finnie Stadium (rain site: Ursprung Gymnasium).

Thomas G. Bordenkircher, Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Quality and Assurance with the Ohio Board of Regents, will speak at the graduate commencement Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m., in Ursprung Gymnasium. The ceremony will honor approximately 160 graduate business and 55 graduate education students.

Leading a Cleveland-Based Global Business
Connor began his career with Sherwin-Williams in 1983 as director of advertising for the Paint Stores Group. He received numerous promotions during his 28 years with the company. He was named CEO in 1999. In 2000 his title was expanded to include chairman of the board.

Currently, he also serves on the boards of Eaton Corp. and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. 

Connor's community and board engagement includes The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, University Hospitals Health System, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, United Way Services of Greater Cleveland, The Playhouse Square Foundation, Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, the National Association of Manufacturers and The American Coatings Association.

Connor, a graduate of The Ohio State University, also will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Baldwin Wallace University.

A Record of Excellence in Education
With over 25 years experience in teaching and administrative roles, Bordenkircher is a widely respected educator.  

In addition to his years of work with private and public school systems, he served on state proficiency and achievement testing committees and as president of the Ohio School Supervisor’s Association. He was appointed to the Ohio Teacher Education and Licensure Commission and was named the state representative for NAEP testing in science. He also served as an Ohio NCATE Board of Examiner for accreditation reviews.

In addition, he was a consultant and administrator for the Ohio Department of Education Center for the Teaching Profession and is a former chair and program director at Capital University. He was associate dean of education at Antioch University and a visiting scholar with The Ohio State University.

Bordenkircher, who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from The University of Pittsburgh, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from BW.

G. Andrew Mickley Will Deliver Baccalaureate Address 
This year's baccalaureate address will be delivered by G. Andrew Mickley, Ph.D., on May 6, 10 a.m., at Kulas Musical Arts Building. 

Mickley, a professor of psychology and chair of neuroscience, established the neuroscience program at BW and built it to national prominence. He will retire at the end of this academic year.

A research scientist, he came to the College in 1993 after a distinguished career in the United States Air Force. His current research is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He also received grants from the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.

Mickley was selected as the 2008 Ohio Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He is the recipient of the BW Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching and Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award.

He received his undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physiological psychology from the University of Virginia.