Hope College’s 148th Commencement Ceremony

May 05, 2013 | 3:00 PM |
Ray and Sue Smith Stadium, located on Fairbanks Avenue between 13th and 16th streets

Hope College’s 148th Commencement, celebrating the graduating Class of 2013, will be held on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium. Approximately 670 graduating seniors will be participating.

In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse, located on Fairbanks Avenue between Ninth and 11th streets.  Tickets will be required only if the ceremony is held indoors.

The Commencement ceremony will include the conferral of honorary degrees (Doctor of Humane Letters, L.H.D.) on Richard Haworth and the late Gerrard W. Haworth in recognition of their leadership of Haworth Corporation and commitment to the community and education, including significant impact on Hope across decades.  Matthew Haworth, who is chairman of Haworth Inc. and also Richard’s son and G.W.’s grandson, will accept G.W.’s award.

In addition, the event will feature the announcement of the recipient of the 2013 Hope Outstanding Professor Educator (H.O.P.E.) Award, presented by the graduating class.

The Commencement speaker will be Dr. Stacy Jackson, who is the Kenneth J. Weller ’48 Professor of Management and chairperson of the department of economics, management and accounting. 

Jackson has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2007 and was appointed to the Weller professorship in 2011.  His areas of expertise are leadership, organizational effectiveness and change, and strategy and organization design.  His research focuses on leadership and strategic change, power and politics in organizations, and the role of business in society.

He began his career at NASA in Houston, Texas, as an internal organization development consultant.  His subsequent consulting experience includes serving as a senior manager for Ernst & Young Management Consulting and as a practice leader for Hewitt Associates. His academic roles have included serving as assistant dean and professor of organizational behavior at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin School of Business and as professor of management at Calvin College in Grand Rapids.  In addition to teaching at Hope, he is currently a visiting professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Jackson has received numerous teaching awards as well as recognition in “Business Week’s” review of outstanding faculty in top-25 business programs.  His views have been citied in media sources such as “Business Week,” “MBA Jungle” and “The Wall Street Journal.”  He published a variety of articles in professional journals and various book chapters, and is completing his first book.

He is active in consulting and executive education in North America, Europe and Asia regarding topics of strategy, structure, leadership, executive team development and organizational effectiveness.  He works regularly with public, private and non-profit firms who manage the difficulties of focusing on strategic growth while maintaining values they consider sacrosanct.  He is a frequent speaker in leadership development programs, annual officers’ meetings and academic conferences.  His clients have included organizations such as AB InBev, Bunge, Emerson, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Herman Miller, Occidental, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, TimeWarner & WellPoint.

Jackson graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in 1989, and he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at Rice University in 1993 and 1998 respectively.  He and his wife, Stacey, have five children, Jacob, Jonah, Mallory, Anna and Joshua (a Hope sophomore).