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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

Undergraduate Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient

John J. Bishop, BA ’72, is a 1972 ONU graduate and chairman of the board of The Motorists Insurance Group, an affiliated group of 10 property and casualty and life insurance entities operating in 21 states with more than 5,000 independent insurance agents. Bishop joined Motorists in 1972 and progressed through a series of management positions. He joined the group’s senior executive team in 1995, was named president and chief operating officer in 2000, and was elected CEO and chairman of the board in 2001. During Bishop’s tenure as CEO, The Motorists Insurance Group more than doubled in size and now ranks among the top 25 mutual property and casualty insurance organizations in the U.S. Bishop retired as CEO of The Motorists Insurance Group in 2013 but has remained as chair of its board of directors.

Bishop holds the Chartered Property and Casualty and Chartered Life Underwriter designations, and he has been actively involved in numerous civic and industry organizations. During his career, he has served as chairman or president of the Ohio Insurance Institute, the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, the Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, and the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies and on the board of the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation and the Central Ohio United Way. He is the immediate past chairman of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC). The Professional Insurance Agents of Ohio gave Bishop a Presidential Citation and named him as the “Industry Person of the Year,” and he has also received the National Service Award from NAMIC. In April 2014, Bishop was inducted to the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges’ Hall of Excellence. Bishop is a former chairman of the Board of Trustees at ONU and currently serves on the College of Business Administration Advisory Board.

Bishop is a native of Lima, Ohio, and graduate of Lima Central Catholic (LCC) High School. In 2010, he was inducted into the LCC Hall of Fame for professional achievement. He and his wife, Shirley, were high school sweethearts, reside in Powell, Ohio, and Marco Island, Fla., and are the proud parents of two adult sons, daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

Undergraduate Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient

Roger Young has positively impacted the lives of thousands of business students during his 34-plus year career at Ohio Northern. He joined the ONU faculty 1964 and retired in 1998. He didn’t stay retired for long; after eight years at Bluffton University, Young returned to ONU as a visiting professor emeritus in 2008.

During his initial 34 years as a faculty member at ONU, Young served in a variety of leadership roles and was recognized several times by students and colleagues. In 1972, he was named Outstanding Educator in America, and, in 1975, he became the first winner of ONU’s “Professor of the Year” contest. In 1994, he was named the George Willard Patton Chair, and, in 1995, he received an Excellence in Teaching honor.

Young served as vice president for financial affairs from 1989 to 1993 and again in 2011-12, interim dean of the College of Business Administration from 1984 to 1986, and chair of the Department of Business Administration and Economics from 1974 to 1979. The Dicke College of Business Administration recently established the Roger D. Young Endowed Professorship in Accounting to honor the accounting professor emeritus who inspired countless ONU students over a period of more than three decades.

As a professor at ONU, Young had the opportunity to teach two of his own children, Kevin Young, BSBA ’82, and Brian Young, BSBA ’90, as well as a grandchild, Emily (Cingolani) Long, BSBA ’10, and her husband, Matt Long, BSBA ’10. Two other grandchildren are current ONU students: Jake Maher, a sophomore civil engineering major, and Hannah Price, freshman nursing major. A third grandchild, Kyle Young, is set to start at ONU this fall.

Retirement has been elusive for Young. In fact, he currently serves as interim dean of the Division of Business and Public Service at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio.

Young received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Miami University of Ohio in 1959 and his MBA in accounting from Xavier University in 1964.

Law Commencement Honorary Degree Recipient

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Albert Baillis, ACIT ’82, fought with distinction in Italy, France and Germany during World War II. After the war, Baillis received his AB and JD from Case Western Reserve; he finished in the top 10 percent of his law school class and was inducted in the Order of the Coif.

After admission to the Ohio bar in 1950, Albert Baillis worked for the Bureau of Code Revision in Columbus until 1952. He next engaged in private practice in Cleveland before joining the legal department of the New York Central Railroad in 1954. In 1956, Baillis joined the law faculty of Youngstown University.

In 1957, Baillis joined the law faculty at Ohio Northern, where he rapidly advanced to professor of law in 1962. During this period, he spent three summers as a graduate student at New York University, which awarded him a Master of Laws (LLM) in 1962. Throughout his 35-year career as law professor, Baillis was an outstanding classroom teacher who combined a sincere, friendly disposition with the ability to critically and objectively analyze evolving legal principles. In the classroom, his legendary devotion to Cleveland sports teams endeared him to generations of students as did his use of mythical characters such as “Rodney” and “Rowena.”

Baillis served as a part-time county court judge from 1975-79, during which time he received two awards from the Supreme Court of Ohio recognizing his excellence in judicial office. He served as president of the League of Ohio Law Schools, president of the Ada Kiwanis Club, and editor of the Real Property Section Newsletter of the Ohio State Bar Association. He served on numerous university and law school committees; in particular, he chaired the important law school Promotion-Retention Committee for several years. Baillis received the ONU’s Faculty Award in 1982 and was named as the first holder of the Fisher Chair in 1984. He also served the University as acting dean of the College of Law from 1975-77.