AU announces commencement speaker and events

Thu, 2012-07-26 11:19 -- univcomm
Anderson University recently announced that Dr. Larry G. Osnes, president of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will address the graduating class of 2004 during commencement exercises, May 8. The 3 p.m. program will be held in Warner Auditorium followed by a presidential reception in the breezeway area of the Krannert Fine Arts complex. Anderson University’s baccalaureate service will take place earlier that day in Reardon Auditorium at 10 a.m. The featured baccalaureate speaker is Dr. Steven Rennick, senior pastor of the Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis. Both events are open to the public. Click here for directions to the campus, hotel information, and the university’s Visitor’s Guide.

Other Events scheduled on Anderson University’s May 8 commencement day include the Hooding Ceremony for the School of Education at 11:30 a.m. (as well as the certification ceremony for the Teach in Indiana Program--TIP) in atrium of the Kardatzke Wellness Center and the Hooding Ceremony for the Falls School of Business at 12:30 p.m. in Byrum Hall.

Anderson University’s will offer earlier related events associated with the university’s commencement weekend that include the School of Theology Senior Recognition and Awards Chapel on Tuesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. in Miller Chapel. Also scheduled is the traditional School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony on Friday, May 7, at 6 p.m. in Byrum Hall.

Dr. Larry G. Osnes has served as president of Hamline University since 1988; bringing to his presidency more than twenty-five years of leadership experience in private higher education including teaching, administration, fundraising, and public policy formulation. Before his election as the eighteenth president of Hamline University, Osnes served for five years as president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Private College Council, Fund, and Research Foundation. In that capacity, he served on the Minnesota Higher Education Advisory Council, Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority, the Minnesota High Technology Council, and the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership. As the chief spokesperson for private higher education in Minnesota, he represented the interests of seventeen private colleges and universities to the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board and the State Legislature. He also served as executive director of the Indiana Higher Education Council, a state agency similar to the Minnesota Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Osnes' public service and public policy interests extend over thirty years. In 1971, he was one of fifteen educators selected by the United States Department of State for its first Scholar-Diplomat program. From 1973 to 1977, he founded and directed the Center for Public Service, a program designed to attract exceptional liberal arts students to careers in public service. He is also a co-originator of the Academy in the Public Service, based in Washington, D.C., which has helped prepare thousands of elected state officials for public service.

Dr. Osnes continues to be deeply involved in public policy through his service in a number of leadership positions in private higher education. He has served on the board and executive committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities; on the board of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church; and on the American Council on Education's Committee on Governmental Relations.

His dedication to service continues in his role as chair of the board of directors of the Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators, EIIA, a national insurer of private higher education institutions and chair-elect of the board of trustees of the Hazelden Foundation.

Osnes graduated from Anderson University in 1963 with a degree in history, received his master's degree in history from Wayne State College in 1965, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cincinnati in 1970. In 1994, he was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England. He was also a professor of history for fifteen years and served in several administrative positions including academic dean.

During his fifteen years at Hamline, the university has experienced a number of achievements. Hamline is recognized as having one of the strongest boards of higher education in the country, and has aligned and strengthened its vision, mission, and values — as well as its financial infrastructure — under the leadership of Osnes and that board. The academic quality of Hamline is highly distinguished and the university’s capital fundraising success has enabled the school to enhance student financial aid, faculty/staff resources and grounds and facilities among other initiatives. Hamline has expanded its graduate offerings, creating the Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Public Administration and Management during Osnes' tenure.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology. # # #