Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan of Howard University will be
the 2012 Commencement speaker at Upper Iowa
University on Saturday, May 5.
FAYETTE, Iowa (April 17, 2012) – Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan, Senior Vice President and Secretary, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., will be the keynote speaker during the 2012 commencement at Upper Iowa University on Saturday, May 5.
As part of the University's commitment to creating a seamless global university that provides consistent educational quality to all students while developing global citizens, Hampshire-Cowan will be making her third appearance before UIU graduates this year. She was also the featured speaker at UIU commencement exercises in Malaysia and Hong Kong in December 2011, telling graduates: "Pease know that as people of the world, we are all inextricably intertwined -- our lives, our prosperity, our economies and our fates are all linked in some manner. You are now among the leaders who will be responsible for ensuring that we prosper together, focusing on our commonality, not perpetuating the old ways of separatism and isolation."
Hampshire-Cowan is currently leading the effort to expand and develop the University's North Research Campus in Beltsville, Md., is part of Howard's renewed research agenda. As Senior Vice President and Secretary at Howard, Hampshire-Cowan serves as corporate secretary of the University; manages the affairs of Howard's Board of Trustees; and for over a decade, planned and managed all official functions of the University. For seven years, she performed a dual role as Vice President for Human Resource Management which provided executive oversight of human resource management for a workforce of over 5,000. She also served as Acting President of the University.
Hampshire-Cowan is a sought-after speaker and trainer. Her training specialties include organizational development, leadership, managing change, diversity, board development, and strategic deployment. She has provided training for boards of directors and executive management in higher education, business, government, and nonprofit community-based organizations regionally and nationally.
UIU will hold three commencement events in Dorman Gymnasium. Graduates from the Division of Business and masters of business administration program will be honored at 10 a.m.; graduates from the Division of Liberal Arts and masters of public administration at 1 p.m.; and graduates from the Andres School of Education, Division of Science and Mathematics, and masters of education and masters of higher education administration at 3:30 p.m. Hampshire-Cowan will speak at all three events.
Hampshire-Cowan graduated with honors from Morris Brown College, Atlanta, Ga., and earned her law degree at Temple University Law Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Although not all graduates participate in commencement, more than 1,600 UIU students are eligible for graduation this year, which is the 100th commencement event at the Upper Iowa University campus.
About Upper Iowa University
Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to over 6,800 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study.
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