Charles “Chuck” R. Stuckey
Photo courtesy of: Russ College of Engineering
Mar 12, 2014
By Colleen Carow and Gretchen Gregory
Ohio University today announced that alumnus Charles “Chuck” R. Stuckey Jr., chairman emeritus of computer security giant RSA Security and a stalwart supporter of the University, will serve as its 2014 Undergraduate Commencement speaker.
As a native of Lancaster, Ohio, and the oldest of six children, Stuckey began his college career at Ohio University Lancaster while working full-time for the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. He completed his degree in mechanical engineering at the Athens campus in 1966, commuting to classes while working part-time jobs in Athens and Lancaster.
"It is an honor and privilege to have Charles Stuckey address Ohio University’s Class of 2014 at the recommendation of our Student Senate,” said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. “Having launched his distinguished career as a part-time student at our Lancaster campus, Chuck knows first-hand the value of an Ohio University education and the opportunity that it affords. He is a great example of what one person can accomplish through hard work and commitment. His generosity in supporting college access and student excellence for future Bobcats is admirable. I believe that Chuck’s speech will truly inspire our graduates.”
Stuckey’s 40-year career in Information Technology began upon graduation in 1966 as a systems engineer with IBM. He later held positions in sales and general management with IBM and Control Data Corporation, and most recently RSA Security, where he served as its president and chief executive officer for 14 years and chairman of the board until 2006. Under his leadership, RSA grew from 18 employees in 1987 to 1,500 employees in 2006 and was ranked as one of the top 100 security software companies in the world.
Stuckey said he credits his education at Ohio University for enabling the discipline and skills necessary to become a successful business leader. At Ohio University’s 2014 Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, he hopes to convey some of the excitement that lies ahead for the 2014 graduating class and challenge the class to set high goals for themselves. His message to graduates: Don’t be afraid to let your true promise shine.
“When students enter the workplace, one of the great advantages they have is they feel anything is possible. As they walk off of the commencement stage, they are brimming with new ideas and fresh perspectives, but so many are reluctant to bring those ideas forward when they first enter the workforce,” Stuckey said. “I hope to be able to help instill in graduates the confidence needed to fulfill their promise in all walks of life, based on the foundation that Ohio University has provided.”
Ohio University recognized Stuckey’s outstanding professional achievement in 2005 with an Honorary Doctor of Engineering. He is recognized as a member of the Russ College Academy of Distinguished Graduates and, in 2010, was awarded The John C. Baker Founder's Award, the greatest honor given by The Ohio University Foundation.
Russ College of Engineering and Technology Dean Dennis Irwin said Stuckey’s successful career as an entrepreneur makes him a living example of the college’s goal to educate engineers and technologists who create for good.
“Chuck’s advice and support have been responsible for some of the most significant developments in the Russ College – by far the most significant being his support of the new Russ College student learning facility, which ultimately became the Academic & Research Center (ARC),” Irwin said. “Chuck and Marilyn’s legacy can be seen every day in the ARC from 7 a.m. until 3 a.m., in the hours and dedication of students creating for good there.”
Stuckey’s contributions to Ohio University – which total in the millions – have greatly enhanced OHIO’s academic excellence. His support for student scholarships, professorships and the Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation’s Academic & Research Center, among other initiatives, have left an indelible mark on the University community.
As a trustee emeritus of the Ohio University and Ohio University Foundation Boards of Trustees, Stuckey’s service far exceeds philanthropy. Currently, he serves as a member of the Russ College's Board of Visitors and chair of The Promise Lives Campaign Steering Committee, in addition to other advisory roles at Ohio University. He also serves on the board of a number of private Information Technology and Pharma companies.
Stuckey said one of his most anticipated service opportunities will be sharing in the momentous milestone of Commencement with the Class of 2014.
"It is a terrific honor to be nominated by the students to serve as the 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker, and I am truly grateful and humbled by the opportunity to help send OHIO graduates off into this next phase of their lives,” he said.
Undergraduate commencement will be held Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Ohio University's Convocation Center in Athens. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/commencement.
Chuck Stuckey: A longtime benefactor
A longtime benefactor of OHIO, Stuckey and his wife, Marilyn, have contributed $9 million to OHIO.
Their support has included gifts across the University, with recipients including:
The Russ College of Engineering and Technology, Ohio University-Lancaster, Ohio University Libraries, The College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Fine Arts, The College of Health Sciences and Professions, The Division of Student Affairs and Intercollegiate Athletics.
The Stuckeys have established the Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Marilyn Stuckey Jr. Professorship and numerous scholarships, including gifts totaling nearly $1 million for The Charles and Marilyn Stuckey-Manasseh Cutler Scholars Award. Most recently, the Stuckeys donated $2 million for The Promise Lives Campaign in the form of scholarships, including a scholarship at Ohio University-Lancaster.
The Stuckeys were the lead private benefactor of the Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Academic & Research Center (ARC), with a gift of $5 million. Stuckey participated with the Deans in providing outside leadership in the design of the facility, which has changed the face of engineering education at OHIO and boosted the University’s growing research efforts in cancer, diabetes and related illnesses.
"I’m excited about Chuck’s serving as our 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Speaker, not only because he will have wonderful insights for OHIO’s newest alumni, but also because he has set a great example for his fellow graduates to follow,” said Vice President for University Advancement and President and CEO of The Ohio University Foundation J. Bryan Benchoff. “Chuck has offered his service, his leadership, and his expertise to University boards as well as in the classroom. He and Marilyn also have been tremendously generous with their financial support of the University. Philanthropy is about time, talent, and treasure, and Chuck and Marilyn exemplify those ideals.”
Graduate Commencement planning is underway
OHIO’s graduate commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, May 2 at 9:30 a.m. at the Convocation Center. The speaker for Ohio University's graduate commencement will be Dr. Aimee Edmondson, the 2013 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member. In addition to honoring Ohio University graduates, this ceremony also will honor Ambassador Tebelelo Mazile Seretse with the conferral of an Honorary Doctor of Public Service and Raymon B. Fogg, Sr., with the conferral of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.