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Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients

Carey A. Smith - Undergraduate and MSA Keynote Speaker

Carey A. (Wurgler) Smith, BSEE ’85, is president of the Federal Business Unit at Parsons Corporation, a leading defense, security, engineering and infrastructure firm. Smith has led the unit since November 2016, and she is responsible for global operations such as missile defense, cyber-physical security, intelligence, environment and infrastructure markets servicing the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the intelligence community, and other U.S. federal and international customers. Her 4,000-person organization performs work in 46 states and 13 countries.

Prior to Parsons, Smith held progressive leadership roles within the aerospace and defense industry. As president of defense and space at Honeywell Corporation, Smith led one of the top 20 defense companies in the world, providing advanced technology offerings across platforms and applications, including integrated avionics, engines, systems, and services for the defense and space markets supporting the departments of Defense and Energy, the FAA, and other federal and international customers. At Honeywell, she also served as president of Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., a space, logistics and security services business.

Smith has spent more than 30 years in the aerospace and defense industry and has held both domestic and international assignments, including a role as president of Lockheed Martin Canada. She continues to build a successful track record of top- and bottom-line growth and outstanding program performance.

In 2018 and 2017, Smith was inducted into the Wash100, a distinction that recognizes leaders for outstanding performance throughout the federal government contracting industry. She was recognized as one of the Top 100 Corporate Women Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in both 2012 and 2017. Smith was named one of the Top 100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM in 2014. In 2016, she was recognized as Alumni of the Year at Marlington High School.

Smith is on the NN Inc. Board of Directors and the Professional Services Council (PSC) Board of Directors, and she is an officer on PSC’s Executive Committee. She is a certified program management professional and a certified Green Belt.

Smith is a 2015 recipient of Ohio Northern’s Smull College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award. The same year, she served as the keynote speaker at ONU’s annual Spotts Lecture Series, presenting “Protecting our Homeland – Past, Present and Future.” The lecture focused on the measures and countermeasures used to prevent cyberattacks.

Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University. At ONU, she was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority, belonged to Mortar Board and worked as a lifeguard. She and her husband, Roy, are members of the Lehr Society. They reside in Virginia and have one adult child, Kyle, one child in college, Kristin, and one child in high school, Brian.


Timothy Tracy - Pharmacy Keynote Speaker

Timothy S. Tracy, BSPh ’83, is the chief executive officer at Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, a unique 3-D printing drug-delivery technology company, based In Cincinnati, Ohio, that is committed to transforming the patient and caregiver experience. Tracy has held the executive position since January 2018. He is a registered pharmacist in Ohio, holds two patents related to drug-delivery systems and has published more than 100 scientific manuscripts. 

Prior to Aprecia, Tracy served as the provost at the University of Kentucky (UK). He began his career at UK in 2010 as the dean of its College of Pharmacy. He also has spent time at the University of Minnesota, where he served as head of the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, director of the Center for Forecasting Drug Response, and director of Clinical and Translational Research Services. Tracy began his career practicing in community and hospital settings throughout Ohio. He launched his academic career at West Virginia University, where he won six college-wide teaching awards and one university-wide teaching award. 


Tracy’s research and teaching interests deal with pharmacogenetics and their effect on drug metabolism. He also has published more than 15 book chapters, edited two books, and served as a principal and co-investigator on numerous NIH-funded grants.

While a student at ONU, Tracy lettered in cross country and track and field. He worked at WONB-FM and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (a national leadership honorary) and Rho Chi (a national pharmacy honor society). He graduated from Ohio Northern with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy with distinction in 1983. The College of Pharmacy honored Tracy with a Distinguished Alumni Award in February 2016. Tracy and his wife, Mitzi, are members of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society. 

In addition to his undergraduate degree from ONU, Tracy earned a Ph.D. in clinical pharmacy from Purdue University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical pharmacology at Indiana University. 

Tracy and his wife reside In Blue Ash, Ohio. They have two adult children: Kinsey received degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and North Carolina State and is a computer animator. Turner went to St. Johns University in Minnesota and is an accountant. They have two grandchildren: Lilly, 5, and Mason, 2. 


Jessica Price Smith - Law Keynote Speaker

The Hon. Jessica E. Price Smith, JD ’97, serves as judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division. She was appointed to a 14-year term in August 2011.

Prior to her appointment, Price Smith practiced with Brouse McDowell LPA in Cleveland for a number of years. As a partner with Brouse McDowell LPA, her practice focused on corporate bankruptcy and commercial debt restructuring. In 2004, she became the first African-American partner in the then 90-year history of the firm. She was selected as a 2005 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in recognition of her achievements.

Throughout her career, Price Smith has remained active with various bar associations and professional groups. She was a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) and, in 2005, was named co-chair of the William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Regional Bankruptcy Institute, the signature CLE event of the Commercial and Bankruptcy Section of the CMBA. Her peers in the Commercial and Bankruptcy Section of the CMBA repeatedly selected her for leadership positions, naming her the section’s treasurer in 2006, secretary in 2007, vice chair in 2008 and chair in 2009.

Price Smith also has been a member of the National Bar Association, the Northern District of Ohio Federal Bar Association Board of Trustees, the Ohio Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Commercial Law League of America, the William K. Thomas Inn of Courts, and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. She continues to serve Ohio Northern University as a member of the Pettit College of Law’s Alumni Association Board, a role she has filled since 2006.

Price Smith is a graduate of Miami University, where she was among the first group of students awarded the prestigious Harrison Scholarship. At Ohio Northern, she graduated with distinction from the Pettit College of Law. 



Honorary Degrees

Alfred Cohoe has an enduring legacy at Ohio Northern University, where he taught a variety of psychology courses for more than 50 years, from 1963 until 2017. A beloved professor, Cohoe engaged his students with interesting classroom experiments and real-world examples. His teaching excellence led to him being named “one of Ohio’s outstanding educators” in Ohio Magazine. Cohoe also received an award from The Ohio Psychological Association “In recognition of his commitment to innovative teaching, which prepared and motivated generations of students.”

A licensed clinical psychologist, Cohoe diagnosed and treated thousands of patients with mental disorders and consulted with numerous mental health centers in central and northwest Ohio. He also testified as an expert witness in more than 300 trials related to competency and sanity. His psychology expertise made him a popular media personality, and he appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and PBS. He also appeared weekly, for 21 years, on a local television talk show, answering viewer questions and commenting on current psychology topics.

In his personal life, Cohoe studied the violin, and he has appeared as guest conductor with the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Area Concert Band, and ONU’s Wind Orchestra. He is a member of the International Winston Churchill Society and the Sherlock Holmes Society of London. High-scoring students in his classes were often rewarded with a dinner off-campus, driven in one of his classic cars.

Cohoe earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Albion College and a Master of Arts in Social psychology from Bowling Green State University. He did additional graduate work at Wayne State University and Ohio State University in the areas of psychology and social psychology.





Terry Keiser, BSEd ’64, professor of biological sciences emeritus, had a transformative impact at Ohio Northern University, where he served for more than 50 years. He started teaching at ONU in 1967 after earning a Bachelor of Science in education from ONU and a Master of Arts in biology from Bowling Green State University. A proponent of hands-on learning, he shared his passion for biology with generations of ONU students who went on to achieve successful careers in the field. Keiser willingly took on leadership roles on campus. He was instrumental in establishing ONU’s Metzger Nature Center in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, and the Tidd-Oakes Farm, a 300-acre wetlands restoration project just 12 miles from campus. His efforts also led to ONU being designated as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for several years running. In addition, he served as chair of the Department of Biology and Allied Health, chair of the University Council, and special trustee on the University’s Board of Trustees. Keiser also served as the director of sustainability and the director of the Nature Center from 2009 until his retirement in 2017. 

Keiser’s love of biology and his commitment to teaching and to his students are just part of the reason for his successful tenure at ONU. Alumni, colleagues and friends recognized his contributions to ONU by establishing the Keiser Distinguished Lectureship in Life Sciences with an endowment of $1 million. This lectureship brings nationally prominent life science scholars to campus every year. Keiser is active in several professional organizations, including the American Fisheries Society and the Ohio Academy of Sciences. The Ohio Biological Survey honored him in 2017 with the Herbert Osborn Award for his efforts to advance knowledge of Ohio’s flora and fauna.

Keiser is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a member of the Mentorship Team for Ohio Northern’s Ohio Alpha chapter. 

Keiser and his wife, Chris, are Life Members of the Henry Solomon Lehr Society and reside in Ada.