Speakers

Ruscio | Totenberg | Beeley | Centorino | Wanovich

RuscioKenneth P. Ruscio, President
(Undergraduate Commencement)

Ken Ruscio was elected the 26th president of Washington and Lee University in 2006. A W&L alumnus and distinguished scholar in the study of democratic theory and public policy, Dr. Ruscio served as the Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at University of Richmond for four years before assuming his present position.

Prior to his tenure at the University of Richmond, he held various positions at W&L including Professor of Politics, Associate Dean of the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics, and Dean of Freshmen. He was a postdoctoral research scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles from 1983 to 1985, and taught at both Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Kansas University.

Ruscio earned his B.A. in politics from Washington and Lee University in 1976 and earned an Master of Public Administration and Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 1978 and 1983, respectively.

Ruscio has authored numerous articles and essays and the book, The Leadership Dilemma in Modern Democracy (Edward Elgar Publishing Inc., 2004). He recently completed his second term as national president of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society begun at W&L in 1914 that now has chapters at over 300 campuses. He has led, and served on, dozens of academic, professional, and civic committees. Most recently, President Ruscio has been named to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Full CV at http://www.wlu.edu/document/ken-ruscio-cv.

Ruscio is married to the former Kimberley O'Donnell of New York. They have a son, Matthew, who attends St. Lawrence University.


TotenbergNina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent,
National Public Radio
(Law Commencement)

Nina Totenberg is NPR's award-winning legal affairs correspondent. Her reports air regularly on NPR's critically acclaimed newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition.

Totenberg's coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs has won her widespread recognition. Newsweek says, "The mainstays [of NPR] are Morning Edition and All Things Considered. But the creme de la creme is Nina Totenberg." She is also a regular panelist on Inside Washington, a weekly syndicated public affairs television program produced in the nation's capital.

In 1991, her ground-breaking report about University of Oklahoma Law Professor Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas led the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open Thomas's Supreme Court confirmation hearings to consider Hill's charges. NPR received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for its gavel-to-gavel coverage - anchored by Totenberg - of both the original hearings and the inquiry into Anita Hill's allegations, and for Totenberg's reports and exclusive interview with Hill.

That same coverage earned Totenberg additional awards, among them: the Long Island University George Polk Award for excellence in journalism; the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting; the Carr Van Anda Award from the Scripps School of Journalism; and the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs/public policy reporting, which also acknowledged her coverage of Justice Thurgood Marshall's retirement.

Totenberg was named Broadcaster of the Year and honored with the 1998 Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the National Press Foundation. She is the first radio journalist to receive the award. She is also the recipient of the American Judicature Society's first-ever award honoring a career body of work in the field of journalism and the law. In 1988, Totenberg won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton for her coverage of Supreme Court nominations. The jurors of the award stated, "Ms. Totenberg broke the story of Judge (Douglas) Ginsburg's use of marijuana, raising issues of changing social values and credibility with careful perspective under deadline pressure."

Totenberg has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received a number of honorary degrees. On a lighter note, in 1992 and 1988 Esquire magazine named her one of the "Women We Love".

A frequent contributor to major newspapers and periodicals, she has published articles in The New York Times Magazine, The Harvard Law Review, The Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine, New York Magazine, and others. Before joining NPR in 1975, Totenberg served as Washington editor of New Times Magazine, and before that she was the legal affairs correspondent for the National Observer.


BeeleyChristopher A. Beeley, Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics, Berkeley Divinity School, Yale University (Undergraduate Baccalaureate)

A native of Houston, TX, Christopher Beeley graduated with honors in philosophy from Washington and Lee in 1990.B.A., magna cum laude, after which he earned a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Yale's Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Beeley teaches early Christian theology and history and modern Anglican tradition. He is the author of Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God (Oxford University Press), for which he was given a John Templeton Award for Theological Promise in 2010. Beeley has two additional works forthcoming: The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition (Yale University Press, 2012) and Pastoral Leadership: Wisdom from the Early Church (Eerdmans Publishing, 2012). He is also co-editor of Toward a Theology of Leadership, a special issue of the Anglican Theological Review. Full CV at bit.ly/beeley-cv.

Professor Beeley has been a director of the North American Patristic Society and the American Society of Church History, and he is a founding member of the Gathering of Leaders, a leadership renewal initiative in the Episcopal Church. An Episcopal priest, he is involved in Berkeley Divinity School's Anglican formation program; he has served parishes in Texas, Indiana, Virginia, and Connecticut.


Scott G. Centorino, President, Executive Committee of the Student Body (Undergraduate Commencement)

Scott Centorino is a senior Politics major from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a graduate of American Heritage School. Before serving as president of the student body from April 2010 to April 2011, Scott was vice president as a junior and represented his class on the EC as a sophomore.

Scott is a dean's list student and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. The Omicron Delta Kappa Alpha Circle recognized Scott's leadership potential when he was named recipient of the Rupert NCentorino. Latture Sophomore Award.

Scott has been a resident adviser, a tour guide at Lee Chapel, co-founder of the W&L Pep Band, president of the College Republicans, and a four-year member of W&L's wind ensemble. He also enjoys writing, boating, baseball, and football.

Scott's current plans are to attend Wake Forest University School of Law following graduation.


William Wanovich, Professor of Military Science, Virginia Military Institute (Undergraduate ROTC Commissioning)

Colonel William J. Wanovich was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry upon graduation from the Virginia Military Institute in 1987. After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School and the Bradley Commander's Course at Fort Benning, GA, he reported to Kirchgoens, Germany. His tour included the deployment to Operation Desert Shield/Storm in January 1991. Col. Wanovich has served in various other venues, including humanitarian assistance deployment to Homestead, FL, as part of Operation Hurricane Andrew, and Iraq, where he served three tours: in 2005, as the Multi-National Corps--Iraq Secretary of the Combined Joint Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff; in 2006, as the XVIII Airborne Corps Deputy G1 for Operations and Plans; and in 2008, as the Task Force Dragon Commander providing life support and services to over 4,100 members of the Multi-National Force and Multi-National Corps Staffs.

Col. Wanovich's military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (7 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster,among many others.

Col. Wanovich is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, and his wife, Tina, is a native of Zanesville, OH. They have two daughters, Regan and Grace, and two stepchildren, Katie, attending Columbus State University, and Jordan, attending Ohio University.Wanovich