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Ohio Senate President and international business leader to address UT graduates May 10

Leaders of government and business will address The University of Toledo graduates at spring commencement ceremonies Sunday, May 10.

During the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, Sen. Keith Faber, representative of the 12th State Senate District in western Ohio, will speak to graduates from the colleges of Adult and Lifelong Learning, Health Sciences, Social Justice and Human Service, and the Judith Herb College of Education.


Roy Armes, CEO, president and chair of Cooper Tire and Rubber Co., will speak during the 2 p.m. ceremony for the colleges of Business and Innovation, Communication and the Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Languages, Literature and Social Sciences.

There are 2,962 candidates for degrees, including 165 doctoral candidates, 646 master’s candidates and 2,023 bachelor’s candidates. The remaining 128 candidates are for education specialist, graduate certificates or associate’s degrees.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on

Faber will receive an honorary doctor of public administration.

He represents the 12th State Senate District in western Ohio, encompassing all of Allen, Champaign, Mercer and Shelby counties, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Logan counties. Faber serves as president of the Ohio Senate. He previously served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.

Faber also served on several Senate committees involved with fiscal management, including chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Government Oversight and vice chairman of the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee. He represents the Senate on the State Ballot Board, the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee, the Legislative Service Commission Board, and the Redistricting, Reapportionment and Demographic Research Legislative Taskforce.

He has received many accolades for his work; these include the Guardian of Small Business Award, the Outstanding Legislator of the Year in 2004, and being named a Watchdog of the Treasury five times.


Faber has been an active member in legal organizations, including the Ohio State Bar Association’s Public Understanding of the Law Advisory Board and the Board of Editors of the Ohio Lawyer Magazine.

He is the principal partner with Faber and Associates in Celina, Ohio, a law firm specializing in civil litigation and mediation.

Armes will receive an honorary doctor of business administration.

He was appointed CEO and president of Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. in 2006 and chairman in 2007.

He previously worked in a variety of roles for the Whirlpool Corp. in the areas of engineering, manufacturing, global procurement and international operations management.

Armes served as corporate vice president and general director of Whirlpool, Mexico, S.A. De CV, vice president of manufacturing technology for Whirlpool Asia in Singapore, and vice president of manufacturing technology-refrigeration products for Whirlpool Europe in Italy.

He holds leadership roles on numerous boards, including director of JLG Industries, director of the Manitowoc Co. Inc., director of AGCO Corp., and trustee of the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Inc.

Armes and his wife, Marcia, were instrumental in establishing the Engineering Leadership Institute in UT’s College of Engineering to help undergraduate engineering students gain critical leadership skills. The Armes have long supported The University of Toledo through generous gifts to multiple departments.

Other commencement ceremonies taking place include:

• College of Engineering: graduate commencement 5 p.m. Thursday, May 7; undergraduate commencement 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9. Both ceremonies will be held in Nitschke Auditorium.
• College of Nursing: 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, in Savage Arena.
• College of Law: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, in the Student Union Auditorium.
• College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9 in Savage Arena.
• College of Medicine and Life Sciences: 2 p.m. Friday, May 29, at the Stranahan Theater.

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