Gannon University To Hold Winter Commencement

WInter CommencementPosted: December 12, 2013

ERIE, Pa. Dec. 9, 2013 -- Gannon University President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., will recognize graduates at the University's winter Commencement ceremony, to be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15 at the Hammermill Center. This years ceremony keynote speaker is Richard John Hudic, Jr. '91, Executive Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Community & Economic Development and will be awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa.
Gannon will award 186 degrees for the winter commencement that include 3 students earning doctoral degrees, 56 earning master's degrees, 90 earning bachelor's degrees and two earning associate's degrees. Students from 12 nations will be earning degrees on Sunday.


11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.         
Baccalaureate Mass (Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel)

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Assembly Of Graduates (Waldron Campus Center )

2:00 p.m.
Commencement (Hammermill Center)





Richard Hudic, B.A. 1991
Gannon University is pleased to honor Richard Hudic, a 1991 Bachelor of Arts graduate in political science. As a Gannon student, he was an active member of Student Government Association, Tau Kappa Epsilon and various other on-campus clubs and activities that he believes helped to shape his philosophy of serving others.
In 2010, Governor Tom Corbett appointed Hudic executive deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. He currently leads the department's senior staff and ensures the effective administration of the department's 67 programs. In this role, Hudic focuses on community and local government assistance, business attraction, tourism and film marketing, executive management, international development and initiatives that improve job creation and new growth in Pennsylvania. He remains committed to a streamlined, performance-based model of government that focuses on improved customer service and program efficiency, and is dedicated to advancing the goals of the department's strategic plan. In his short time at DCED, Hudic has helped to introduce Discovered and Developed in PA, a competitive funding program, the PREP Program that encourages regional cooperation and Innovate in PA, a new resource program that will greatly improve access to capital for growing companies. He is pleased to have been involved with several exciting projects, including Waterfire in Sharon, as well as his part in the revitalization of his native Pittsburgh.
Hudic began his post-education career at the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center in Erie as a job coach for adults with disabilities who were seeking meaningful employment. He continued to focus on jobs as division chief at the Bureau of State Employment in Harrisburg and moved into a second position in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in which he developed and managed a program to entice businesses to locate and expand in Pennsylvania. The Keystone Opportunity Zone initiative is still in existence today and has been duplicated by other states as an effective tool for economic development.
In 2001, Hudic accepted the position of president and chief executive offer for Team Pennsylvania Foundation, a public-private partnership designed to improve Pennsylvania's competitiveness and economic prosperity. There he continued to develop strong leadership skills and led a high-level board to direct initiatives that supported economic development programs and provided seed money for critical projects including encouraging students to enter science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields. He raised millions of dollars from private investors and represented the Commonwealth at national events and leadership gatherings

Hudic's commitment to service is exemplified by his membership on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA) where he received the prestigious President's Award. He formerly served as a board member for several other community and civic organizations including the Technology Council of Northwest PA, Gannon University's National Alumni Board of Directors and as a member of several Chambers of Commerce. He is especially proud of his ongoing work with the Friends of Tom Ridge Environmental Center, his recognition from Gannon University through the Distinguished Young Alumni Award and his work in developing multiple Young Professionals Networks in Pennsylvania, which have grown to include thousands of members. He remains a champion of bipartisan cooperation having worked with four gubernatorial administrations.