BLOOMSBURG—Bloomsburg University announces commencement speakers at the school’s 148th Commencement ceremony on May 13, 2017. Frank T. Brogan, Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; Cole Camplese, ’96 M.S, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and associate vice president at the University of Chicago; and Cynthia Shapira, Chair of the Board of Governors will address the graduates. at ceremonies to be held outside on the Academic Quadrangle.
Frank T. Brogan
Brogan will speak to the graduates of the Zeigler College of Business and the College of Education at 8:30 a.m. — Brogan became the fourth chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education on Oct. 1, 2013. A lifelong educator, Brogan previously served as chancellor of the State University System of Florida, was president of Florida Atlantic University and twice elected lieutenant governor of the state of Florida.
As the State System’s chancellor, Brogan serves as the chief executive officer, of the 14 universities with a combined enrollment of more than 100,000 students. He works with the Board of Governors to recommend and develop overall policies for the system. Brogan began his academic career as a teacher, then served six years as a superintendent before being elected Florida’s Commissioner of Education in 1995.
Camplese will speak to the graduates of the College of Science and Technology at noon — Camplese is the associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer (CIO) at the University of Chicago. He oversees campus-wide information technology decisions and guides the strategic use of technology at one of the nation’s most elite research universities. Before joining the University of Chicago, Camplese served as vice president for information technology and CIO at Stony Brook University.
He led transformative programs such as the reimagining of the university library and the university’s “Mobile/Digital Now” initiative, which reinvented learning environments while inspiring instructors to transition to digital content and utilize mobile devices. Camplese came to Stony Brook after 15 years at Penn State University where he was senior director for teaching and learning with technology.
Shapira will speak to the graduates of the College of Liberal Arts at 3:30 p.m. — Shapira is president of the Shapira Foundation and a community activist. She serves as chair of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors. She is a trustee of Brandeis University and board member of the Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Ms. Shapira is vice chair of the Jewish Federations of North America and chair of the Greater Pittsburgh Jewish Federation.
Previously Shapira chaired Chatham University’s Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics and was on the boards of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Promise, WQED, Point Park University, and Vibrant Pittsburgh. Shapira was vice chair of Governor-elect Wolf’s Transition Team and sits on the Governor’s Advisory Board for Education and Workforce Development. She was appointed to the Pennsylvania Women’s Commission by Governor Corbett and was a member of the 2012 Pennsylvania Electoral College.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.