Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Summer Commencement Speaker Announced

Timothy Webb, commissioner of Tennessee’s Department of Education, will help about 450 Tennessee Tech University graduates, along with their families and friends, celebrate their educational milestones with his address at this summer's commencement ceremony.
The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Hooper Eblen Center. Before joining the Department of Education leadership in 2003, Webb served as Lewis County Schools superintendent. Webb holds certifications as an administrator and superintendent as well as elementary, general science and psychology teacher certifications. Professionally he is a Tennessee Board of Regents member and University of Tennessee Board of Trustees member. He also serves as commissioner for the Education Commission of States and as chairperson for the Education Information Management Advisory Consortium. Webb earned his doctorate in education leadership from Nova Southeastern University and holds a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University, a bachelor’s degree from Regents College and an associate’s degree from Columbia State Community College. In addition to his contributions to state education, Webb committed two decades to the Tennessee Army National Guard. He held positions as battalion staff officer (operations and logistics), detachment commander, platoon leader and platoon sergeant before his retirement in 2000. Following summer commencement, TTU will have granted more than 65,000 degrees. Students graduating from TTU this summer hail from 13 states including Tennessee, 67 Tennessee counties and five foreign countries. They represent 32 undergraduate fields of study and 19 graduate fields. After this summer’s commencement ceremonies, the university will hold only fall and spring ceremonies. Starting in 2010, summer graduates will be invited to walk at the following December commencement.