by Pamela Young, Published February 19, 2013
YPSILANTI - The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents has approved two speakers for the University's April 28 commencement ceremonies. The action occurred during the regular board meeting Feb.19.
Scott Reynolds, an award-winning television and webcast producer, editor and writer, will be the commencement speaker Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. at the EMU Convocation Center. Scott, an Eastern Michigan alumnus, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters.
Reynolds is executive story editor for Showtime's award-winning television show, Dexter, which features a police forensics expert who moonlights as a serial killer of criminals who have escaped justice. The American Film Industry named Dexter "TV Program of the Year" for 2007 and 2008.
Reynolds began freelancing for the show in 2007 and was named a staff writer one year later. He was promoted to story editor in 2009 and executive story editor in 2010.
Reynolds graduated from Eastern Michigan in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in English Literature, Film Studies and Theatre.
Graduates in the morning ceremony will represent the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Technology.
Robert Holman, Jr., a retired executive from Discount Tire Company and alumnus, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for students from the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services. The Board will award him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration.
Holman retired as executive vice president and chief accounting officer for the Discount Tire Company in 2008. While attending Eastern Michigan, Holman started working for Discount Tire, eventually transferring to the company's headquarters in Arizona. Due to his rigorous work ethic, he was promoted to vice president, and then named senior vice president and chief financial officer of the company.
A philanthropist and strong supporter of Eastern Michigan, he has served as an EMU Foundation Trustee and funded the establishment of the Holman Success Center, which provides academic support for Eastern undergraduates at no charge.
Holman graduated from Eastern Michigan in 1974 with a bachelor's of business administration in accounting.
Graduates in the afternoon ceremony will represent the College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services.
The Board of Regents will also honor three others with honorary degrees. An honorary Doctor of Education will be awarded to Sen. Randy Richardville during the morning ceremony, and honorary Doctorates of Education will be presented to philanthropists William (Bill) and Delores (Dee) Brehm at the afternoon ceremony.
Richardville, a Republican from Monroe County, was first elected to the Michigan Senate in 2006. He was selected Senate Majority Leader by his fellow caucus members after his reelection in 2010.
Richardville also spent three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1999-2004, and served as the House Majority Floor Leader during his final term. While in the Legislature, he has focused on economic development, and veterans' and children's issues.
He is a strong supporter of Eastern Michigan's Autism Collaborative Center, and spoke at the launch of EMU's "0-0-0" campaign, which froze tuition, fees and housing costs for the 2010-11 academic year.
Philanthropists William and Delores Brehm, both Michigan natives, have generously supported Eastern Michigan University. Bill Brehm, who graduated from the University of Michigan, is chairman emeritus of SRA International, an information technology provider to government and industry, and continues to be active in public service.
Dee Brehm never planned to attend college until she received a small scholarship from Michigan State Normal College (now EMU). She eventually graduated from Eastern Michigan with a major in special education focusing on the mentally impaired. She attributes her success to that initial college scholarship.
Their support of special education students resulted in an endowed scholarship. They also made a $3.2 million donation to Eastern's College of Education, the largest gift in the University's history. The donation was used to establish the Delores Soderequist Brehm Center for Special Education Scholarship and Research, and to fully endow programs that they have been supporting for several years on an annual basis.
More information about the 2013 spring commencement is available at emich.edu/commencement/