–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 04.18.17
On Saturday, May 13, Lourdes University President Mary Ann Gawelek, Ed.D., will confer bachelor and master’s degrees during the 59th commencement exercises. Clyde S. Scoles, Director of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, will provide the commencement address. Receiving honorary doctoral degrees this year are Mr. Scoles and the late John F. Meier, retired CEO of Libbey, Inc.
Lourdes University’s commencement ceremony occurs at the SeaGate Convention Centre. Prior to the ceremony, the Baccalaureate Mass takes place at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on the campus grounds at 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. The presider for Baccalaureate is Rev. Robert J. Wilhelm.
Both events are free and open to the public. For information about Lourdes University’s baccalaureate mass and commencement ceremonies, visit lourdes.edu/commencement.
Clyde S. Scoles
Doctor of Letters, honoris causa
Dedicating his career to championing Ohio libraries, Clyde S. Scoles has served as the Toledo Lucas County Public Library Director since 1985. He recently received the prestigious Ohio Library Council 2016 Hall of Fame Librarian Award for his lifetime of service and visionary reimagining of the library as an engaged, community-created asset.
Mr. Scoles’ previous leadership roles were with the Columbus Metropolitan and Zanesville libraries, the Ohio Legislative Reference Bureau in the Statehouse, the American Library Association, the Ohio Library Council and OHIONET, Inc. A Past Director/Trustee, Treasurer and President of the Council of Bibliographic and Information Technologies (CoBIT) in Columbus, he is a member and former judge of the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association for Library Building Awards, and serves on the Advisory Board of Wayne State University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
An author of several articles and publications in professional journals, Mr. Scoles received the Outstanding Service Humanitarian Award from the Toledo Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and was named one of twelve Men of the Year recipients from the Zanesville Jaycees.
His education includes a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. A lifelong learner, Mr. Scoles has led the Toledo Lucas County Public Library into the future by continually investing in new technologies and resources which keep the library a relevant and vital institution.
John F. Meier
Doctor of Business, honoris causa
A respected business professional, John F. Meier made his mark locally, nationally and worldwide. From 1993 until his retirement in 2011, he served as Chairman and CEO of Libbey Inc., the largest manufacturer and marketer of glass tableware in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. Joining Libbey in 1970, his early career assignments were in the field of marketing and sales management. He assumed leadership of the company in 1990 and in 1993, led Libbey’s IPO process and became Chairman and CEO.
Possessing broad international business experience, Mr. Meier served in Belgium as the marketing and sales manager of a foreign subsidiary of Libbey from 1974 to 1979. His resume also included a number of international initiatives including the acquisition and divestiture of Libbey Canada and the creation of Libbey’s joint venture in Mexico – Crisa – which became a 100% wholly owned subsidiary in 2006.
His acquisition and divestiture experience included businesses in Belgium, Canada, England and Japan, countries where he also served as a Board of Directors. Throughout his career, Mr. Meier worked on international trade matters in our nation’s capital, most notably concerning the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) proceedings. Additionally, he had extensive experience with regulatory agencies including the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
Prior to his death, Mr. Meier served on Lourdes University’s President’s Advisory Council, the Board of Directors of Applied Industrial Technologies and Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., and was an emeritus board member of his alma mater Wittenberg University. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Bowling Green State University.