Published 05/14/14

Four honorary degrees will be bestowed at 151st Commencement

Bryant University will bestow honorary degrees on four distinguished individuals at its 151st Commencement exercises May 15 and 17:

  • Richard W. Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, the nation’s principal monetary policy making group. Fisher will address graduating seniors and guests at Bryant's undergraduate exercises on May 17;
  • Robert A. DiMuccio, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Amica Mutual Insurance Company. DiMuccio will speak at the Graduate School of Business and Graduate Programs in Arts and Sciences ceremony on May 15;
  • Joyce M. Roché, president and CEO of the 150-year-old nonprofit organization Girls Inc.;
  • Scott C. Donnelly, the chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Textron Inc.

Richard Fisher, honorary doctorate in humane letters

Richard Fisher In the five years since the onset of one of the worst of the global financial crises in history, Fisher has been a powerful voice of caution before the United States Congress, in the national media, and at the Federal Reserve regarding the Fed’s stimulus program. Mr. Fisher’s extensive career of accomplishment and distinction began in 1975, at the private bank of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He then served as Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury during the presidential administration of Jimmy Carter, and later returned to Brown Brothers to found its Texas operations. In 1987, he created and was managing partner of Fisher Capital Management and a separate funds-management firm, Fisher Ewing Partners. A decade later, President Bill Clinton nominated him for deputy U.S. trade representative with the rank of ambassador. In this role Mr. Fisher oversaw the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and various agreements with Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Chile, and Singapore, and was a senior member of the team that negotiated the bilateral accords for China's and Taiwan's accession to the World Trade Organization. Following his service in the Clinton administration and until he joined the Federal Reserve in 2005, Fisher was vice chairman of Kissinger McLarty Associates, a strategic advisory firm chaired by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Richard Fisher attended the U.S. Naval Academy, graduated with honors in economics from Harvard University, read Latin American politics at Oxford University, and received an MBA from Stanford University. In 2006, the American Assembly presented Fisher with the Service to Democracy Award and Dwight D. Eisenhower Medal for Public Service. He will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service this fall.

Joyce M. Roché, honorary doctorate in humane letters

Joyce Roche For more than 40 years, Roché has mentored women, encouraging and inspiring them to find their voices and accept bold career challenges in order to excel. In 2000, she turned her focus to young women, becoming president and CEO of Girls Inc., a 150-year-old nonprofit organization (formerly known as Girls Clubs of America) whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Under her leadership for a decade, the organization increased its corporate and private base of philanthropy, expanded its reach into more cities, enhanced its board of directors, and improved its operating efficiency. Previously, Roché was president and CEO of Carson Products, Inc., a leading African American personal care company. From 1973 to 1994, she broke new ground at Avon Products, Inc., becoming the first African American female vice president of marketing and first vice president of global marketing. From 1979 to 1981, she was director of marketing at Revlon, Inc. Roché is the author of "The Empress Has No Clothes: Conquering Self-Doubt to Embrace Success," a memoir offering practical advice and coping strategies to help others embrace their own worth. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, Roché has been featured on the cover of Fortune and was named one of the “Top Managers to Watch” by BusinessWeek. She was selected one of “21 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America” and “40 Most Powerful Black Executives” by Black Enterprise Magazine. Roché holds directorships with AT&T, Inc., Tupperware Brands Corporation, Macy’s Inc., and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Inc. She is chair of the board of trustees of Dillard University, and is a board member of The Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities, Children’s Art Guild, Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Shelter, and Live Oaks Public Libraries Foundation. A graduate of Dillard University, she holds an MBA from Columbia University, and completed Stanford University’s Senior Executive Program.

Scott C. Donnelly, honorary doctorate in business administration

Scott Donnelly Donnelly is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Textron Inc., one of the world’s best-known, multi-industry companies and a pioneer of the diversified business model. Donnelly joined Textron in July 2008 as executive vice president and chief operating officer and was promoted to president and chief operating officer in January 2009. He became CEO in December 2009 and was elected chairman of the board effective September 1, 2010. Donnelly was previously president and CEO for General Electric (GE) Aviation, the world's leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial and military aircraft and a major provider of flight management, actuation, and power management systems. Prior to that, he served as senior vice

In 1989, Donnelly joined GE as manager of Electronics Design Engineering for GE's Ocean Systems Division in Syracuse, NY. He went on to serve in a variety of leadership roles for the company, including engineering management positions with the then-GE division of Martin Marietta in both Australia and the United States. In 1995, he moved to GE's Industrial Control Systems business, where he held various management positions. Donnelly was named a vice president of GE in 1997, responsible for Global Technology Operations at GE Healthcare. Donnelly serves on the board of directors for Medtronic, Inc. He received a B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he serves on its Engineering Advisory Committee.

Robert A. DiMuccio, honorary doctorate in business administration

Robert DiMuccio DiMuccio is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Amica Mutual Insurance Company, one of the most highly respected names in its industry. Mr. DiMuccio joined Amica in 1991 as a vice president in the accounting department, was promoted to senior vice president in 1994, named treasurer in 1996, and elected chief financial officer in 2001. He was named executive vice president in 2003, promoted to president and chief executive officer in 2005, and in 2008 he was elected the company’s chairman. Di Muccio began his career with the accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick, where he worked for 12 years and attained the position of partner. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Property Casualty Insurers (PCI) Association of America. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, Property & Liability Resource Bureau, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, The Washington Trust Company, and Crossroads Rhode Island. DiMuccio, who has earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designations, is a member the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated from Providence College in 1979.