Georgetown, KY – In a little more than a month, approximately 240 students are scheduled for Baccalaureate and Commencement services at Georgetown College.
Speaker for Baccalaureate on Friday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m. in Hill Chapel is William H. “Will” Willimon, a preacher, writer, lecturer, teacher, husband, father, grandfather and a Bishop of The United Methodist Church. He has been leading the North Alabama Conference as presiding Bishop of the Birmingham Area since September of 2004.
For 20 years he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He has also served as pastor of churches in Georgia and South Carolina.
A prolific author, Bishop Willimon has written more than sixty books (approximately one book for every year of his life). Over a million copies of his books have been sold. He also has authored more than 600 articles which have appeared in publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. A 2005 study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Bishop Willimon is the second most widely read author by mainline Protestant pastors.
Dr. Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College (B.A., 1968), Yale Divinity School (M.Div., 1971) and Emory University (S.T.D., 1973). He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College, and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School.
Commencement speaker on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. is Dr. Barry Munitz, Trustee Professor at the California State University, Los Angeles campus. Dr. Munitz chairs the Woodrow Wilson Foundation President’s Advisory Committee and the Sierra Nevada College Board of Trustees.
Munitz was Chancellor of the California State University (CSU) – the largest system of senior higher education in the country (producing 60% of California’s and 12% of America’s new teachers) – and then President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. At the Trust, Dr. Munitz was responsible for the two museums (at Brentwood and in Malibu), the Conservation and Research Institutes, the philanthropic foundation, the investment portfolio, and all education outreach programs. Munitz also chairs the board for the recently formed Prospect Global Resources Incorporated.
Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Munitz received a Bachelor’s degree in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, before earning a Master’s and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Munitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Whittier College, Claremont University, the California State University, the University of Southern California, Notre Dame, and the University of Edinburgh.