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EPA Administrator to Speak at Kean University's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at PNC Bank Arts Center

UNION – United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will deliver the keynote address at Kean University’s undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. More than 2,300 undergraduate students will receive degrees.

As head of the EPA, Jackson oversees a staff of approximately 18,000. She is the first African American to serve as EPA administrator. Jackson, who now resides in Washington, D.C. and East Windsor, N.J., is former Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and also served as Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Prior to joining the DEP, Jackson worked for 16 years for the U.S. EPA, directing hazardous waste cleanup operations and helping to direct the region’s enforcement division. Jackson graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University’s School of Chemical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Honorary Degree Recipient
Elizabeth, N.J., native Jim Hynes ’63, who served as former chairman of the Kean University Foundation Board, will receive an honorary degree at the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Hynes founded Churchill Plastics, a plastic-recycling company specializing in post-molding scrap reclamation. He served as chairman of the Upper Midwest Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers and as councilman of the National Society of the Plastics Industry. In 2002, he was elected to the Plastics Pioneers Association .

In 1997, he established an endowment at Kean in memory of its first baseball coach, George Hudak. In 1999, Hynes made a generous donation to create a new baseball stadium at Kean that was named in his honor. In 2000, he was elected to the Kean University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has grown to become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region. Kean University is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master’s degree, professional diploma and/or state certifications in an assortment of concentrations. In September 2008, Kean University began its first doctoral program offerings: the Ph.D. in school psychology, and the Ed.D. in urban educational leadership. Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 14,000 students.