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A Drury grad and a Drury dean highlight the 2010 spring commencement

For Immediate Release: April 26

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Day School students:
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Day school commencement information

CGCS students:
Stephen Eisele  
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CGCS commencement information

James Bone
Dr. Brian Holloway

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 26, 2010 — A Drury basketball hall of famer and the newest dean on campus are the featured speakers at Drury’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 15. The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) commencement will begin at noon. The traditional Day School graduation is set for 2:30 p.m. Both events are in Weiser Gymnasium.

James Bone, a 1980 Drury graduate and a member of the Panthers’ 1979 NAIA national championship team, will address the 235 traditional Day School graduates in the building where he played for so many years: Weiser Gym. Bone will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

The new dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, Dr. Brian Holloway, will speak to 365 graduates at the CGCS commencement. Three-hundred-twenty of those will receive undergraduate degrees, and 45 will get master’s degrees.

That morning, Dr. Nancy Pittman, director of the doctorate of ministry program at Phillips Theological Seminary, will be the featured speaker at the traditional Day School’s baccalaureate services in Stone Chapel.

Bone recently founded Global Compliance Advisors, LLC. His company provides advanced compliance and operational risk approaches for firms. Before founding his company, he was a senior vice president of risk management for Fidelity Investments Institutional Services Company, Inc. where he supervised all activities related to marketing and advertising, operations, information security, contract administration, sales practices, retirement product development and continuing education.

“James Bone is the perfect speaker for the final spring commencement in Weiser Gymnasium,” says Drury President Todd Parnell. “A true scholar-athlete, James helped lead the 1979 basketball team to a national championship while excelling in all endeavors on campus. His leadership has carried forward into a life of service and success in business and love of family. James Bone represents Drury at its best.”

Holloway joined Drury in February from Mountain State University in West Virginia where he was the dean of graduate studies. At Mountain State he also served as associate vice president for Arts and Sciences where he oversaw the development of a graduate integrated studies program as well as an integrated general education program.

“Dr. Holloway’s experience with graduate students, with non-traditional education, and with interdisciplinary study was highly impressive to the search committee,” says Dr. Bruce Callen, associate dean of the College. “In addition, his commitment to reaching underserved communities with opportunities in higher education made him an excellent match for Drury's CGCS program.”


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