Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Larry Gates to deliver keynote address at OU-C Recognition of Graduation event


Larry Gates will deliver the keynote address at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Recognition of Graduation event at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 in the Shoemaker Center on campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, honors Chillicothe Campus students who have earned their associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio University during the 2014-15 academic year.

A pinning ceremony for graduates of OU-C’s nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on April 30 in the Shoemaker Center. Formal commencement activities are held on the Athens campus.

A graduate of Chillicothe High School, Gates had impressive professional career, rising to the position of Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Administration for Philip Morris Companies. In this positon, he was responsible for directing the worldwide human resources functions for an organization that generated $100 billion in annual revenue with 160,000 employees in 180 markets worldwide.

However, while gaining a global view, Larry and his wife, Mary, never lost their local perspective. After retiring from Philip Morris, they returned to Chillicothe where they have actively contributed to their hometown’s success.

They are huge advocates for area students and understand the role that higher education plays in opening doors of opportunity. They realized both of these passions through the establishment of the Gates Foundation, Ross County Scholarship Fund. Through their generosity and foresight, more than 150 scholarships have been granted to area high school students. Many of these recipients have already earned not only bachelor’s degrees, but are pursuing advanced degrees and progressing in their careers.

Further, Larry Gates has been an avid supporter of the Chillicothe Campus. He provided sage advice as chairman of the Regional Coordinating Council, and he also was the fund-raising chair for the Child Development and Family Service Center. As with the scholarship fund, this highly successful endeavor has also contributed to the quality of life for area residents, both now and in the future.

“We look forward to having Larry Gates serve as the speaker for the Chillicothe Campus’ graduation event,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “He understands the role that higher education plays in opening doors of opportunity, and he and Mary have a genuine interest in the success of individuals from this region. As their establishment of the scholarship fund and Larry’s tireless work on behalf of the Chillicothe Campus prove, they have put that commitment into action. Many of the qualities Larry learned while growing up in this area have served him well in his professional pursuits, and I look forward to hearing his remarks as he shares his insights with our graduates at this important time in their lives.”

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