The Inauguration of Dr. Merodie A. Hancock

The Ernest L. Boyer Sr. Family Lecture Series

The Boyer Lecture Series was established in 2004 by Kathryn Boyer ‘78 in memory and honor of her late husband, Ernest L. Boyer, chancellor of the SUNY System from 1970 to 1977, who was instrumental in the founding of Empire State College in 1971.

The lecture series also honors Ernest Boyer’s son, Stephen Paul Boyer ’86, now an adjunct mentor at the college’s Center for Distance Learning, grandson Gabriel Boyer ’04 and Kathryn Boyer ‘78.

2014 Speaker

photo of Brian Gallagher Brian Gallagher, CEO and President of United Way Worldwide

Brian Gallagher, president and chief executive officer of United Way of America since 2009, will deliver the Boyer Family Lecture at All College 2014. He is credited with leading the transformation of the organization to focus on community impact, with a commitment to global standards for accountability, governance and transparency the organization’s nearly 1,800 local affiliates in 41 countries and territories.

Gallagher began his career with United Way in 1981 as a management trainee. He has held various positions in United Way offices around the United States and served as president of United Way of Central Ohio in Columbus, Ohio, where he created the Family Housing Collaborative, which works to obtain low-cost housing while providing day care and job training to break the cycle of homelessness.

Gallagher was born in Chicago and grew up in Hobart, Ind. He received his bachelor’s degree in social work from Ball State University in 1981 and a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University in 1992. In May 2003 Gallagher received an honorary Doctor of Humanities from his alma mater, Ball State University.

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