Roy McTarnaghan '54 to Deliver Commencement Address
'54 TO DELIVERCOMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
Graduation Will Be First Outdoors Ceremony in 27 Years
GENESEO, N.Y. - In a homecoming of sorts for Geneseo native Roy McTarnaghan
, the 1954 SUNY Geneseo alumnus has been selected to deliver the 1999 commencement address at the college on May 22.He
will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the State University of New York
at the ceremony.
This year's graduation ceremony will break a 27-year tradition of indoor commencement exercises at SUNY Geneseo.College officials announced in February that this year's ceremony will be held - rain or shine - on the athletic fields behind Letchworth Dining Hall, enabling an additional 2,000 friends and family members of graduates to attend.The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
Approximately 1,140 undergraduates will receive their diplomas at the ceremony, and approximately 100 graduate students will receive master's degrees.
has spent his
professional career working in higher education, and has received much national attention recently in his
role as president of Florida's newest state university
, the Florida Gulf Coast University
in Ft. Myers.Four years after earning his degree at the College, McTarnaghan joined the SUNY Geneseo faculty in 1958 as an assistant professor of speech education.He was named director of admissions in 1961 and, shortly thereafter, became associate dean of the College; in 1967, he was appointed dean of long-range planning and research.In 1968, he was named acting vice president for academic affairs at Geneseo.
many accomplishments at Geneseo
was the development of the Campus Academic Plan and the Campus Development Plan.He
developed numerous institutional research plans, and assisted faculty in the development of research proposals and federal grants.He has served on the College Alumni Council and as president of the Livingston County Alumni Association.He
received the Geneseo
Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Award in 1977, and the Meritorious Service Award from the Geneseo Foundation
in 1985.McTarnaghan left Geneseo in 1969 and became associate director of the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia.A year later, he became its director.In 1972, the father of three became the first president of the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and served until 1975, at which time he became vice chancellor for academic programs for the state university system of Florida.He held that position until 1993, when he was selected to serve as president of that system's newest university - now known as Florida Gulf Coast University - before it was even built.During his years in Geneseo, McTarnaghan was president of the Livingston County Alumni Association and a director of Kiwanis and the Livingston Country Club.