Photo Caption: Charles R. Stuckey, Jr.
Charles "Chuck" R. Stuckey Jr., chairman emeritus of computer security giant RSA Security "and a stalwart supporter of the university," will serve as its 2014 Undergraduate Commencement speaker, OU announced in a news release Wednesday.
As a native of Lancaster, Ohio, and the oldest of six children, Stuckey began his college career at Ohio University Lancaster while working full-time for the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation, the release said. He completed his degree in mechanical engineering at the Athens campus in 1966, commuting to classes while working part-time jobs in Athens and Lancaster.
"It is an honor and privilege to have Charles Stuckey address Ohio University's Class of 2014 at the recommendation of our Student Senate," Ohio University President Roderick McDavis said in the release. "Having launched his distinguished career as a part-time student at our Lancaster campus, Chuck knows first-hand the value of an Ohio University education and the opportunity that it affords. He is a great example of what one person can accomplish through hard work and commitment. His generosity in supporting college access and student excellence for future Bobcats is admirable. I believe that Chuck's speech will truly inspire our graduates."
Stuckey's 40-year career in information technology began upon graduation in 1966 as a systems engineer with IBM. He later held positions in sales and general management with IBM and Control Data Corporation, and most recently RSA Security, where he served as its president and chief executive officer for 14 years and chairman of the board until 2006. Under his leadership, RSA grew from 18 employees in 1987 to 1,500 employees in 2006 and was ranked as one of the top 100 security software companies in the world.
In the release, Stuckey said he credits his education at OU for enabling the discipline and skills necessary to become a successful business leader.
He said his message to graduates will be "don't be afraid to let your true promise shine."
"I hope to be able to help instill in graduates the confidence needed to fulfill their promise in all walks of life, based on the foundation that Ohio University has provided," he said in the release.
OU recognized Stuckey's outstanding professional achievement in 2005 with an Honorary Doctor of Engineering. He is recognized as a member of the Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates and, in 2010, was awarded the John C. Baker Founder's Award, the greatest honor given by the Ohio University Foundation.
A longtime benefactor of OU, Stuckey and his wife, Marilyn, have contributed $9 million to the university. Undergraduate commencement will be held Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Ohio University's Convocation Center in Athens. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/commencement.
The graduate commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center. The speaker for OU's graduate commencement will be professor Aimee Edmondson, the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member. In addition to honoring OU graduates, this ceremony also will honor Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse with the conferral of an Honorary Doctor of Public Service and Raymon B. Fogg, Sr., with the conferral of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.