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Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
Pharmacy Commencement Speaker
Sen. Dave Burke, BSPh ’90, proudly represents the families and communities of Ohio’s 26th Senate District, which includes all of Union, Crawford, Marion, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties.
Looking to help improve his community, Burke was elected to Marysville City Council in 2002 and became vice president of the council in 2005. In 2008, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and was re-elected in 2010. While in the House, Burke pushed for legislation – now law – that addresses the growing problem of prescription drug abuse in Ohio and helps keep synthetic drugs out of the hands of young Ohioans.
As a member of the Ohio Senate, Burke puts his extensive knowledge and expertise of the health care industry to work as chairman of the Medicaid Committee. He also serves as a member of the Agriculture Committee, Finance Committee, Government Oversight and Reform Committee, Financial Institutions Committee, and Rules and Reference Committee.
Burke has been recognized numerous times for his work in the legislature. He was named Legislator of the Year in 2012 by NAMI Ohio and recently by the Ohio Association of Election Officials. He also has been recognized by the Ohio Pharmacists Association (2012 Good Government Award), the Ohio Psychological Association (2012 Public Service Award), Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (2011 Elected Official Advocacy Award), and Voices for Ohio’s Children (Champion for Children’s Healthcare).
Born in Cincinnati, Burke earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and then an MBA from Capital University. Since 1997, he and his wife, Donna, have owned and operated Dave’s Pharmacy in Marysville, Ohio.
Burke has been married to Donna for more than 20 years; the couple has two children, Alexandra and Adam.
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
Keith Krach is Chairman and CEO of DocuSign, The Global Standard for Digital Transaction Management. Krach leads DocuSign's high performance team to empower the world to Keep Business Digital. DocuSign's mission is to allow anyone to transact anything, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Securely. The DocuSign Global Trust Network has over 120,000 companies, over 40 Million unique users in 188 countries and adding 50,000 unique users per day.
Krach co-founded Ariba, serving as chairman and CEO. Krach is widely recognized as pioneering B2B Commerce and was recognized with the Technology Pioneer Award at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He was also named National Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. Today, nearly $1 Trillion of commerce is transacted through the Ariba network.
Krach started his career at GM as the youngest-ever vice president. Krach then joined the founding team of Rasna Corporation, which was sold to Parametric Technologies. Rasna transformed the mechanical computer-aided engineering (CAE) industry and Krach was recognized as an early pioneer within the Robotics industry.
Krach earned his B.S. degree in Engineering at Purdue University and his MBA at Harvard. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees at Purdue University. Krach is also the former Chairman of the Board at Angie’s List, former International President of Sigma Chi Fraternity, and one of the early founders and board members at XOJet.
Law Commencement Speaker
Francey Hakes, JD ’94, is CEO of her own consulting firm, providing advice, counsel and expert witness services to firms, law enforcement, governments, industry and others on national security and the protection of children.
From January 2010 to March 2012, she served as the country’s first national coordinator for child exploitation prevention and interdiction, a post appointed by the U.S. attorney general and housed in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. As the first coordinator, Hakes was responsible for creating the inaugural U.S. strategy addressing child sexual exploitation, titled The National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, which was submitted to U.S. Congress in August 2010.
After submitting this first National Strategy to Congress, Hakes was charged with its implementation. To accomplish this, she lead multiple working groups across federal, state and local agencies tasked with increasing collaboration, recommending new approaches and technologies, and formulating new and innovative training. She regularly briefed the attorney general and deputy attorney general, drafted remarks for delivery by the attorney general and deputy attorney general, and helped prepare the attorney general for testimony before the U.S. Congress.
In addition, Hakes oversaw all child exploitation efforts at the Department of Justice, testified before the U.S. Congress and the United States Sentencing Commission, and briefed senior officials at the White House on child exploitation issues.
Prior to this appointment, Hakes was a prosecutor for more than 15 years, serving first as an assistant district attorney specializing in crimes against children and then as an assistant U.S. attorney specializing in technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation.
Hakes earned her bachelor’s degree in political science, with a global policy studies certificate, from the University of Georgia. She also earned a Juris Doctor from Ohio Northern University.
Honorary Degree Recipients