Commencement Speakers Fall 2013
Fall 2013 Speaker - William (Bill) J. Rowley, Ed.D.
Dr. William Rowley earned a doctoral degree in psychology, counseling and guidance from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s degree in counseling from San Jose State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Pasadena College (now Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego). He completed post-doctoral work in school psychology at San Diego State University.
Dr. Rowley held a tenured faculty position at Seattle Pacific University for 12 years; five as a counselor educator, one as the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, and six as the Dean of the School of Education. The Board of Trustees of the university awarded him Professor Emeritus status upon his retirement in 2008.
Immediately prior to his service in higher education, he served for 16 years as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Diego. Previously, he was a junior high and high school teacher, a high school counselor, and a guidance coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education. He was also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego, LaVerne University, and Point Loma Nazarene University and guest lectured at San Diego State University and the United States International University.
Dr. Rowley has published articles in peer-reviewed journals in the counseling profession, co-authored with his wife On Wings of Mourning: Our Journey through Grief and Recovery, published following the death of their infant daughter, and authored Nothing to Hide: The Search for Authentic Relationships and Equipped to Care: A Youth Worker’s Guide to Counseling Teenagers.
In addition to his teaching, counseling, and administrative experience, he has served terms as the president of the California Association for Counseling and Development and the California State Branch of the American Counseling Association, Executive Secretary of the San Diego Personnel and Guidance Association and a board member for the Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Dr. Rowley lives with his wife of 52 years in Fort Collins, Colorado. They have one adult son, who lives in San Diego. Dr. Rowley currently serves on the Council of Regents for Seattle Pacific University and the Board of Directors for the University of Northern Colorado Alumni Association.
Fall 2013 Speaker - Patrick Sherwood
Patrick Sherwood is the co-founder of Step One Branding LLC, a company that specializes in helping client organizations create effective internal and external branding and communications programs.
Over his twenty-seven year agency career, Sherwood has held senior positions at global communications organizations including Chiat/Day, FCB, Y&R, Hal Riney, Leo Burnett and D’Arcy, where he served as North American Regional CEO and a member of its Board of Directors.
Patrick has led teams that launched and/or re-launched many significant brands including Saturn (GM), EA Sports (video games), Dockers Menswear (Levi Strauss), Cadillac, Kia Motors America and others. While at Leo Burnett, he formed and led chemistri, a first of its kind organization of eight Publicis Groupe companies that created an unprecedented and integrated global network for General Motors.
Sherwood has been the leader of agency teams that have won every major US creative and marketing effectiveness award
One of his most valued experiences was to lead the Hal Riney & Partners team that successfully launched the Saturn brand. The launch has been acknowledged as being among the most effective in modern marketing history. Saturn was the unlikely offspring of General Motors. Its goal was to be the “friendliest car company in America.’’ This goal, and all launch sales and share targets, were achieved by a highly effective and unprecedented effort to bring all Saturn constituencies (United Auto Workers, dealers/retailers, dealership personnel, manufacturing, suppliers), “into the brand” first, by launching it “from the inside out” making certain that everyone understood the mission, values, and their individual and team role.
Prior to his communications career, Patrick was a junior and senior high school teacher and coach. He has been active as both a community volunteer and independent school Board member. He currently volunteers for the local high school and for an initiative to save area open space. He proudly holds a Masters degree in Speech Communications from the University of Northern Colorado.
Past Commencement Speakers
Spring 2013 Speeches
7:00 p.m. spring graduate ceremony
Keynote Speaker - John Rodwick
Student Address - Corina Elena Brown
10:00 a.m. spring undergraduate ceremony
Keynote Speaker - Kelly Johnson
Student Address - Mario Josue Hernandez
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