Former CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America to speak at Berry commencement

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Former president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America Roxanne Spillett will be the guest speaker at the Berry College spring commencement May 10.   

Berry celebrates the graduation of approximately 400 students this spring. Baccalaureate will be at 4 p.m May 7 in the College Chapel and commencement will be at 9:30 a.m. (Saturday) May 10, at Evans Hall lawn.  The graduation ceremonies will be streamed live at www.berry.edu/webcast.  

Spillett in her 16-year tenure as president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, led the most successful transformation of what is today one of the top 10 nonprofit organizations in America. The Boys & Girls Club Movement is made up of more than 4,000 club affiliates in the United States, and on U.S. military bases across the world. With a combined staff of 50,000 full and part-time employees and $1.5 billion in revenues, the organization serves some four million boys and girls.

In recognition of her numerous achievements, Spillett was selected as one of the “Power 50” by The Non-Profit Times for three consecutive years. She also received the “Excellence in National Executive Leadership Award” presented by the National Human Services Assembly. Newsweek cited Spillett as one of “15 People Who Make America Great,” part of the magazine’s annual Giving Back Awards in 2006. 

President George W. Bush appointed Spillett to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, which promotes volunteerism, community service and good citizenship. She is past chairperson for Leadership 18, an alliance of executives from the nation’s most influential nonprofits, and serves on the boards of BoardSource and the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University in Atlanta and as a trustee of America’s Promise Alliance. 

Spillett earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New York, and did graduate work in guidance and counseling at St. Lawrence University. She also studied public health administration at Hunter College in New York. Spillett has received five honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Trinity College, Bryant University, Marian College and Westfield State University. She currently teaches graduate students in the nonprofit management program at the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame.  

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Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan