Owens Corning CEO to address graduates Dec. 20

December 16, 2014 | Events, UToday, — Communication and the Arts, — Health Sciences, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, — Social Justice and Human Service, Business and Innovation, Engineering, Judith Herb College of Education, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Nursing
By Aimee Portala

Mike Thaman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Owens Corning, will be the speaker at The University of Toledo fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena.



He will address graduates from the colleges of Health Sciences; Adult and Lifelong Learning; Social Justice and Human Service; Natural Sciences and Mathematics; Business and Innovation; Communication and the Arts; Languages, Literature and Social Sciences; and the Judith Herb College of Education.

“Mike Thaman’s vision and leadership are truly aligned with the University’s commitment to best equip out students with knowledge and guidance that will help them succeed,” said Dr. Nagi Naganathan, UT interim president.

There are 2,252 candidates for degrees, including 113 doctoral candidates, 594 master’s candidates and 1,461 bachelor’s candidates. The remaining 84 candidates are for education specialist and associate’s degrees, as well as graduate certificates.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on video.utoledo.edu.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. in Savage Arena.

Thaman has held positions in manufacturing, corporate development and international business since joining Owens Corning, a world leader in building materials and composite systems, in 1992.

His titles have included vice president and president of the Engineered Pipe Systems business headquartered in Brussels; vice president and president of Owens Corning’s Exterior Systems Business; and senior vice president and chief financial officer.

A longtime corporate strategist, Thaman emphasizes a human-proportioned approach in helping American businesses thrive.

When he accepted a company leadership award from the National Safety Council earlier this year, he focused on the human rights aspect of company safety. “For more than 75 years, Owens Corning has understood the importance of having engaged, productive employees who arrive home to their families and friends, without incident, the same way they left.”

Prior to joining Owens Corning, Thaman spent six years as a strategy consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, where he was a vice president in the New York office.

He serves as director of Florida Power & Light Co., Owens Corning Fabricating Solutions and Advanced Glassfiber Yarns LLC. For NextEra Energy Inc., Thaman was an independent director for more than 10 years and its lead director until this year. He served as a director of AGY Holding Corp., and as director of Florida Power & Light Group Inc.

Thaman earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.

Other UT commencement ceremonies taking place are:

• College of Engineering: graduate commencement Thursday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m.; undergraduate commencement Saturday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Nitschke Hall Auditorium.

• College of Nursing: Friday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. in Nitschke Hall Auditorium.

For more information, visit utoledo.edu/commencement.

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