2015 Commencement Speaker

Tony Aretz, Ph.D., president of Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, will be the featured speaker at Hiram College's 165th commencement exercises scheduled for May 16, 2015. Hiram College and Mount Saint Joseph University developed a special bond in November 2014 when the Hiram Terriers and Mount Saint Joseph Lions women's basketball teams began the 2014-15 season early in an emotional and inspirational contest to fulfill the wish of Mount Saint Joseph freshman Lauren Hill's dream to play in her first collegiate game. Hill was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable form of brain cancer. Lauren Hill went on to play three additional games in the season has, to date, has raised more than $1million for cancer research.

Dr. Tony Aretz is the sixth president of Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since joining the Mount in 2008, Dr. Aretz has directed the development of Vision 2020, the University's strategic plan, has overseen the creation of a new core curriculum, the launch of the new Ethical Leadership Development Initiative and the addition of several new academic programs, including the Mount's second doctorate program and its first fully online program.

Before assuming his current position, Dr. Aretz served as the academic vice president at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tenn. Following his arrival at CBU in 2004, Dr. Aretz helped develop CBU's strategic plan, the Center for Ethical Leadership, and several new graduate and undergraduate programs. Prior to joining CBU, Dr. Aretz was a 17-year faculty member at the United States Air Force Academy where he was the founding director of the Air Force Academy Scholars Program and director of academic strategic planning. He taught a variety of courses in engineering psychology, psychology, leadership, research, and statistics while at the academy. Dr. Aretz retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 28 years.

Dr. Aretz earned a doctorate in engineering psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master's degree in applied behavioral science in human factors from Wright State University, and a bachelor's degree in human factors engineering and counseling from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was a distinguished graduate.

Dr. Aretz and his wife, Terry, have been married for 31 years and have three sons, Tommy, David and Michael.

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