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Richard Yanikoski, Ph.D. is 2010 Commencement Speaker

April 19, 2010

Barbara LeBlanc
Director of News and Information

Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B., president of Saint Anselm College, announced that Richard Yanikoski, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), will address the Class of 2010 and receive an honorary degree at the college's 117th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m.

Richard Yanikoski, Ph.D. is 2010 Commencement SpeakerYanikoski is a distinguished leader and advocate for Catholic higher education, who Richard Yanikoski served for nine years as president of Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Previously, he was the founding director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Studies at DePaul University, where he also directed the Public Service Management Program and earlier was associate vice president for academic affairs.

Five years ago, Yanikoski took the helm of the ACCU, whose purpose is to promote and strengthen the mission and character of Catholic higher education in the United States. Founded in 1899, the association serves as the collective voice for more than 90 percent of the country's Catholic colleges and universities.

Yanikoski earned his doctorate in higher education from the University of Chicago, and has written, taught, and lectured on academic freedom, higher educational finance, leadership in the non-profit sector, and the history of higher education.

His consulting engagements have included the Library of Congress, the Catholic Hospital Association and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. He has been a board member or officer of numerous organizations including the National Catholic Educational Association, Provena Health System, the Association of Mercy Colleges, and his alma mater, Stonehill College.

After serving Catholic higher education for 35 years, Yanikoski will retire in August.

Honorary degrees will also be conferred upon The Honorable Walter Peterson, former governor of New Hampshire, and Elizabeth Gardella, president and CEO of New Hampshire Public Radio.

Gov. Peterson served two terms as New Hampshire's governor, from 1969 to 1973. He was president of Franklin Pierce College, now Franklin Pierce University, from 1975 to 1995, overseeing a key period of growth and development of that institution.

As president emeritus of Franklin Pierce, Gov. Peterson has remained deeply committed to higher education in New Hampshire.

Elizabeth Gardella joined New Hampshire Public Radio in 2005, leading the station during a period of intensive change in the world of news media. She previously served as director for American Public Media in Saint Paul, Minn., and held other leadership positions in radio and the arts.

She is the former executive vice president and COO of WNYC Radio; general manager of the New York Shakespeare Festival, and executive director of the National Dance Institute.

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