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Peter McPherson Addresses Graduating Class

Peter McPherson sees continued opportunities in global economy

May 17, 2009

Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) urged the 192 graduates of the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) “to play your part in the great issues of your day.”
Delivering the main commencement address, he also suggested the graduates consider careers working in both the private and public sector.  “I have found government service to be professionally and personally very rewarding,” he said, adding “…as never before in history, well-educated hard-working people such as you have prospered and had opportunities in the global market economy. I believe those opportunities will continue.” 

McPherson made his remarks at the fifteenth commencement exercises at the School. He was awarded the Dean’s Medal in recognition of his outstanding service and principled leadership across an impressive career in academia, business and public policy.  Prior to joining A.P.L.U, McPherson was president of Michigan State University. He held senior executive positions with Bank of America,  served as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has also led various humanitarian organizations (click here for his biography). 

In bringing his greetings to the graduates, Arthur L. Goldstein, chair of the IBS Board of Overseers noted they have “demonstrated personal resilience, unusual persistence, and an unwavering commitment to achieving the highest possible standards. These are traits that will serve you well throughout your careers.”  

Bruce Magid, dean of Brandeis IBS, remarked that as students working side-by-side from 43 countries, they “experienced first hand how to effectively manage across cultures.” He added that as graduates, “you are now part of a truly global network of fellow alumni,” sharing that former students serve in leadership positions in business, not-for-profit enterprises and international organizations across 80 countries. 

The School awarded degrees in Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in International Economics and Finance, and Doctor of Philosophy in International Economics and Finance.