Former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu will speak at Shenandoah University’s 2013 Commencement ceremony on May 11. He will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony.
Sununu served as the 75th Governor of New Hampshire, over the course of three consecutive terms from 1983-88, before his appointment as White House Chief of Staff under President George H. W. Bush. He also served as counselor to the president.
“It is an honor to have Governor Sununu serve as our speaker at Shenandoah’s Commencement ceremony this year,” said President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D. “His extensive track record of service to his state and his country, as well as his experience in the private sector and in higher education, give him a diverse background and an interesting point of view from which to speak. I look forward to hearing the constructive and invaluable advice he will have for our graduates.”
Sununu is president of JHS Associates Ltd. and a former partner in Trinity International Partners, a private financial firm. He was commissioned Chief of Staff to the President of the United States on January 21, 1989, and served in the White House until March 1, 1992. As chief of staff, Sununu oversaw the daily operations of the White House and its staff. He is a member of the board of trustees for the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation.
He became New Hampshire’s chief executive on January 6, 1983, and assumed office with a background of nearly 20 years of experience as an educator, engineer, small businessman and community leader. Sununu gained both regional and national recognition through his chairmanship of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association and his election in 1987 to the chairmanship of the National Governors Association.
From 1963 until his election as governor, Sununu served as president of JHS Engineering Company and Thermal Research Inc. In addition, he helped establish and served as chief engineer for Astro Dynamics Inc. from 1960 until 1965.
In 2004, Sununu co-chaired Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Nuclear Energy Task Force. He was a visiting professor of practice in public service at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government during the 2003-04 school year. From 1992 until 1998, he co-hosted CNN’s nightly “Crossfire” program, a news and public affairs discussion program.
Sununu attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and earned his Ph.D. there in 1966 in mechanical engineering. From 1968 until 1973, he was associate dean of the College of Engineering at Tufts University and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering. Sununu served on the Advisory Board of the Technology and Policy Program at MIT from 1984 until 1989. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Shenandoah University’s May Commencement Ceremony is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Smith Library Plaza, located on the main campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. The rain date for the ceremony will be Sunday, May 12, 2013, at 10 a.m.
Visit www.su.edu/graduation for more details on Shenandoah University’s 2013 Commencement exercises.