President Coley to be honored at Commencement 2010

January 25, 2010

McDaniel President Joan Develin Coley will receive an honorary degree during the college’s 140th Commencement at 2 p.m. on Sat., May 22, at Gill Center. For the final time in her tenure as president, Coley will toll the Old Main bell to “ring out” the more than 600 bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients.

Coley will retire June 30, 2010, after leading the college through major growth that included a new global curriculum, major campus improvements and an ambitious fund-raising campaign. She has been an educator and administrator at the selective private, liberal arts college since 1973. She was elected president in October 2000, after serving as interim president for nearly a year, and is the eighth president to serve in the college’s 144-year history.

Student awards include the Argonaut Award, which is presented yearly to the graduating senior with the highest cumulative grade point average, and the Edith Farr Ridington Phi Beta Kappa Writing Award for the best honors paper.

Earlier on Commencement day, graduating McDaniel seniors who are members of the College’s Army ROTC program will be commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army. McDaniel has had an Army ROTC program since 1919.

Trustee Alumni awardees are Charles Ecker ’51, superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, and Sam Hopkins ’80, chief scientific officer at Scynexis in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Charles "Chuck" Ecker has spent his career in public service as a school administrator and county executive. Superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools since 2002, Ecker has also served in assistant and deputy superintendent positions in Prince George’s and Howard County public schools. He was also elected to two terms as county executive in Howard County. Ecker earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina.

Sam Hopkins has developed drugs used in the treatment of AIDS, cystic fibrosis, hepatitis C and even the flu. A research scientist, Hopkins is also a businessman who has raised research funds, and started and sold two pharmaceutical companies. Chief scientific officer at Scynexis in Research Triangle Park, N.C., he serves as a scientific advisor to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. Hopkins earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics at the Medical College of Virginia.

McDaniel’s annual Baccalaureate Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 21 in Baker Memorial Chapel.

For more information about Commencement 2010, click here.