For Immediate Release
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April 27, 2012 - Tom Smith, a 1977 graduate of King’s and current chairman of the College’s Board of Directors, will deliver the address to graduates at the 63rd annual Commencement exercises to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Mohegan Sun Arena. Approximately 500 students will receive either a bachelor’s, master’s or associate degree at the ceremony.
Smith is vice president-corporate audit for Campbell Soup Company, the global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods.
Since joining Campbell in 1981, Smith has held senior level positions with some of the company’s leading brand businesses. He has served as senior vice president of finance for Pepperidge Farm and Godiva Chocolatierand as vice president of finance for Campbell USA. He has chaired the King’s board since 2010.
“Tom has, over the years, worked tirelessly on behalf of King’s students and has been directly responsible for helping many of them land career positions that support them in leading meaningful and purposeful lives,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C., King’s president.
King’s will grant honorary doctorates to two local residents who served as board chairs for a combined one-third of the College’s 66-year existence. Charles Parente, Harveys Lake, graduated from King’s in 1962 and served as its board chair from 1988 to 1997. Eberhard Faber, Bear Creek, succeeded Parente as chair and served until 2010. Parente and Faber both joined the King’s board in the early 1980s and both continue to serve as members.
“I believe it’s important for King’s students to see and honor the leaders of our community who dedicate a great deal of time to this College and who provide the leadership necessary for King’s to continue its mission,” said Father Ryan, C.S.C., college president. “Board members have always shared in the excitement of Commencement, but this year it is appropriate that they are recognized by the College and by our graduates and their families for their service.”
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