LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State
System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in
the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate
programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and
work in Pennsylvania.
Mr. James E. Whaley will be the guest speaker for the Lock Haven University commencement ceremony to be held on Sunday, December 12, 2010. A total of 170 students will participate in the ceremony.
Mr. Whaley, a 1984 graduate of Lock Haven University, is Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Siemens Corporation, a global technology corporation with 60,000 employees in all 50 states. Mr. Whaley is responsible for developing the communications strategy for Siemens in the U.S. as well as leading the branding, advertising and marketing efforts.
Mr. Whaley joined Siemens in 2004 as Vice President of Siemens Foundation. He became President of Siemens Foundation in June 2006 and continued to serve in that position until March 2010 when he became the Foundation’s Vice Chairman.
Siemens Foundation, launched in 1998, is a national leader in supporting educational initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. Under his leadership, Siemens Foundation initiated and expanded programs in support of STEM education. Among these initiatives is Siemens Science Day, a national program created to captivate young students’ interest in math, science and technology. Mr. Whaley served as facilitator and keynote speaker at Lock Haven University’s April 28, 2010 Science Summit where plans were unveiled for a new 80,000 square-foot Science Center at the university’s East Campus facilities.
Prior to joining Siemens, Mr. Whaley served as Director of Communications at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Mr. Whaley has more than 20 years of management experience that includes integrated marketing, strategic communications, media relations, internal communications, crisis communications, and community relations. He is a graduate of Lock Haven University where he received his undergraduate degree in journalism in 1984. He completed his MBA at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Mr. Whaley also attended the Defense Information School in Meade, Md., and completed the U.S. Army Helicopter Instructor Pilot Course at Fort Rucker, Ala. Mr. Whaley retired after 20 years in the U.S. Army where he received the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Master Aviator Badge and numerous other awards during his career. He serves on the Board of Directors of American Heart Association, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for a Competitive Workforce.