Raytheon Chairman and CEO Swanson to Address BHCC Commencement and Receive Top
BOSTON, April 4, 2013
BOSTON, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Raytheon Chairman and CEO
William H. Swanson will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community
College's 39th Commencement exercises on June 1, 2013.Swanson has also been
named 2013 recipient of the BHCC President's Distinguished Service Award,
which recognizes extraordinary commitment and service to the College. It is
the highest honor the College bestows on a community or civic leader.
A business leader widely recognized for his leadership, Swanson has overseen
strong growth at Raytheon, a technology and innovation leader specializing in
defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. In 2012, the
Waltham-based company had revenues of $24 billion; it does business in more
than 80 countries and is among Massachusetts' largest employers.
As an active member of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), a
coalition of 15 influential Massachusetts CEOs, Swanson helps spearhead a new
initiative called "Learn and Earn" in which community college students,
including many from BHCC, gain hands-on experience in the corporate world with
placement at some of the state's biggest companies.
Swanson attended Cuesta College, a community college in San Luis Obispo,
before graduating magna cum laude from California Polytechnic State University
with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He has received an
honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University and an honorary
Doctor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University.
Outside of Raytheon, Swanson has been honored with numerous business and civic
awards, and he is active in many professional and civic organizations. He is a
member of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation board, the NextEra
Energy board of directors, and is vice chair of the John F. Kennedy Library
Foundation board of directors. He is a member of the California Polytechnic
State University President's Cabinet, the Cal Poly Foundation board of
directors, the California STEM Learning Network board of directors, and the
University of Massachusetts President's Advisory Council. Swanson also serves
as the honorary chair of MATHCOUNTS® and is chair emeritus of the
Business-Higher Education Forum and a member of its executive committee.
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in
Massachusetts. The College enrolls more than 14,000 students on two campuses
and at three satellite locations. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions
of higher education in Massachusetts. Sixty-seven percent of the students are
people of color and more than half of BHCC's students are women. The College
also enrolls more than 800 international students who come from approximately
100 countries and speak more than 75 languages.
Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
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