EMU regents approve commencement speakers for April 2009 ceremonies

by Ward Mullens, Published February 24, 2009

YPSILANTI — The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents approved the commencement speakers for the April commencement ceremonies.

Richard M. Smith, chairman of Newsweek, will be the commencement speaker for the morning commencement ceremony Sunday April 26, while Kenneth Fine, former vice president and general manager of several Fortune 50 corporations, will be the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony.

Smith joined Newsweek in 1970 on a four-week writing tryout. After serving as a writer in the international and national affairs departments, he moved to Hong Kong and became the Asian Editor and Hong Kong Bureau Chief. In 1978, he became editor of the magazine’s international editions. In 1984, he was named editor-in-chief of Newsweek and then became the president and CEO in 1991. He was named chairman in 1998.

Fine has spent more than 25 years as an executive with companies such as Intel Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Valid-Logic Systems.

Until his retirement in the late 1990’s, Fine spent 14 years with Intel, the world’s largest semiconductor company. His last appointment within Intel was as the vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor Products Group.

Smith graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College in Michigan in 1968 while Fine grew up in Detroit and graduated from Central High School. Fine began his post-secondary education at EMU and credits EMU mathematics professor Robert Bridgeman as inspiring him to pursue a career in math.

Ward Mullens

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