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Commencement Speakers

Undergraduate Ceremonies Speaker

Joe DoodyMr. Joe Doody, vice chairman of Staples Inc., has been tasked with leading the office supply giant’s strategic reinvention and has responsibility for its strategic planning and business development as well as the company’s operations in Australia, New Zealand and high-growth markets. He joined Staples in 1998 and has delivered consistent growth, led the expansion into new product categories and built Staples’ world-class supply chain capabilities.

Born and raised in Batavia, NY, Mr. Doody graduated from Brockport in 1974 with a degree in economics. He was a first-generation college student who went on to earn an MBA from the prestigious Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Mr. Doody strongly believes in giving back to Brockport. He and his wife, Peg, fund the Roy and Helen Doody Scholarship in Business, one of the most generous scholarship funds available at the College.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he says of his scholarship. “By giving to Brockport, I can make a significant impact and create the greatest benefit. Meeting with my students reinforces the immediate and powerful impact that scholarships can have.”

Mr. Doody currently serves as chair of the Brockport Foundation and is co-chair of the College’s $25 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Graduate Ceremony Speaker
Honorary Degree Recipient, Doctor of Fine Arts

Thomas Markusen

Mr. Thomas Markusen is an internationally renowned fine craft artist who served as a professor of art at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, for 30 years.

His pieces have appeared in prestigious institutions such as the Vatican Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City, the Wustum Museum in Racine, WI, and many private collections, including those belonging to David Rockefeller, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Wesley Snipes. He was commissioned to create a set of raspberry patina candleholders for The White House Collection of Contemporary Crafts.

Mr. Markusen is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. He is a three-time recipient of a Niche Magazine Design Award, in the Collaboration, Functional Metal, and One-of-a-Kind Metal categories. He has twice been included in the “Who’s Who in American Art” publication.

Mr. Markusen has instructed workshops and lectured at universities, colleges, craft schools and art galleries across North America. And his presence is still felt on the Brockport campus, where he serves as professor emeritus. Mr. Markusen creates the Art of Fact Award each spring. The award series in literary nonfiction recognizes authors for their significant contributions to American culture. Mr. Markusen creates an original award each year, customizing it to reflect the work of each individual recipient. He and his wife, Mary, have also created the Thomas R. and Mary P. Markusen Scholarship Fund to support students studying in the College’s Department of Art.

He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Last Updated 4/16/14