"It is an honor and privilege to have Charles Stuckey addressing 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 earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1966, was chairman, president and CEO of RSA Security Inc., until 2003 and was director on the board until 2006 when RSA was acquired by EMC Corp. RSA is a leading supplier of technology and products for user authentication and for securing transactions on the internet.
Stuckey said 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.
“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.”
Stuckey is the co-benefactor for the Charles R. & Marilyn Y. Stuckey OUL Scholarship for Engineering, Computer Science and Natural Sciences students on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus. Last November, Stuckey spoke at the annual Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Scholarship Banquet.
“My family was a middle class family. My parents made a good income, but there were six kids in our family, and the funds for college just weren’t there,” said Stuckey while addressing those at the banquet. “Ohio University Lancaster was my answer to that. I could start my college education here and live at home.”
Ohio University recognized Stuckey’s outstanding professional achievement in 2005 with an Honorary Doctor of Engineering. Stuckey is currently a trustee emeritus of the Ohio University and Ohio University Foundation Boards of Trustees. 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.
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.