WILKES-BARRE, PA. (April 4, 2013) – Ronald Rittenmeyer, chairman, president and CEO of Expert Global Solutions, Inc., will deliver the spring 2013 commencement address at Wilkes University. The University’s 66th annual spring commencement ceremony is on Saturday, May 18, and will be held at the University’s Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference Center, 274 South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre. The location returns the ceremony to campus from the Mohegan Sun Arena.
For the first time, two commencement ceremonies will be held – one for graduate students at 10 a.m. and a second for undergraduates at 2 p.m. Doors to the Marts Center will open at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony and 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. ceremony. Rittenmeyer will deliver an address at both ceremonies.
Rittenmeyer, a Kingston, Pa., native now living in Plano, Texas, graduated from Wilkes in 1972 with a degree in commerce and economics. He will receive an honorary degree, the doctor of humane letters, honoring him for his leadership and distinguished contributions to the fields of business and industry.
The University also will award an honorary degree to Pauline Montgomery, pharmacist, community activist and owner of Montgomery’s Pharmacy in Hughesville, Pa. She will be honored at the morning ceremony. She has served on town council, as mayor of Hughesville for 20 years and as county commissioner. In each of these positions, Montgomery was the first woman to serve in these capacities in Lycoming County.
Rittenmeyer is a proven leader with more than 30 years of business experience. Expert Global Solutions, Inc. is a leading global provider of business process outsourcing services, primarily focused on accounts receivables management and customer relationship management. Prior to his service at Expert Global Solutions, Inc., Rittenmeyer served in a variety of executive positions with Electronic Data Systems Corporation, including chairman, president and CEO.
Rittenmeyer has held senior leadership positions across multiple industries and has served on several public and private boards, either as chairman and CEO or as an independent director. In April 2010, the U.S. Treasury Department appointed him to serve as an independent director of American International Group, Inc. (AIG) Rittenmeyer was subsequently elected to continue as an independent director of the company after its successful reimbursement to the U.S. Treasury.
Montgomery was one of only six women in a class of over 100 students studying pharmacy at Temple University in 1946. She began pharmacy practice in her hometown of Hughesville in 1959 and has been practicing ever since. Montgomery served on the Board of Pharmacy of the Commonwealth for several years and currently serves as the State Board of Pharmacy’s Officer for Probable Cause Screening Committee.
Montgomery was the first woman president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacist Association and the first woman from Pennsylvania to be awarded the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia Award. She has also been named as one of Pennsylvania’s 50 Top Business Women. Of all her activities, Montgomery is most proud of her 34 years of service on the Lycoming County Library Board where she has overseen the construction of two local libraries.
About Wilkes University
Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. It’s main campus is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1933, the university provides its students with the experience, mentoring and education necessary for career and intellectual development as well as personal growth. Recently named one of the fastest-growing universities in the United States by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wilkes offers doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education and doctor of pharmacy degrees; more than a dozen master’s degree programs, including the master of business administration and master of fine arts in creative writing; and 37 undergraduate degrees.