Boeing’s McNerney to address USC grads

Staff Report
Published April 14, 2014

Boeing Co. chief Jim McNerney will join a roster of speakers that includes Vice President Joe Biden and NASA administrator Charles Bolden at University of South Carolina commencement ceremonies on May 9-10.



McNerney, president and CEO of Boeing Co., will speak at the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremony on May 10 for graduates of the S.C. Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences.

McNerney’s is a familiar face in the S.C. business community. His company’s 787 Dreamliner facility is located in North Charleston and employs about 8,000 workers, including contractors.

In May, Boeing announced it would invest another $1.1 billion and create 2,000 more jobs over the next eight years.

McNerney also will receive the honorary degree of doctor of business administration from the university. He is a graduate of Yale University and received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Another top executive of a U.S. corporation, Aiken native and USC graduate David Seaton, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of business administration during the 3 p.m., Friday, commencement ceremony that will feature Biden’s speech.

Seaton is CEO and chairman of Irving, Texas-based Fluor Corp., a provider of construction and engineering services. He also is chairman of the university’s $1 billion fund drive.

Biden will address graduates in the Colonial Life Arena that includes students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, S.C. College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health.

Biden also will receive an honorary degree of doctor of public administration.

At 3 p.m., May 10, Bolden, a retired Marine Corps major general and former astronaut, will address graduates of the College of Education; the College of Engineering and Computing; the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management; the Fort Jackson Military Base Program; Interdisciplinary Programs; Palmetto College; the School of Music; and the College of Social Work.

Bolden is a veteran of four space flights. He received an honorary degree of doctor of science at the university in 1984.

At the Saturday afternoon ceremony, Anita Zucker, chairwoman and CEO of The InterTech Group Inc. in Charleston and an advocate for education, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of education.

The Columbia campus commencement ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m., May 9, when William Byrd Traxler Jr., chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, addresses graduates of the School of Law on the Horseshoe.

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