Approximately 500 students of Cleveland State’s class of 2014 will walk across the stage to receive their degrees and certificates during the 47th Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium.
Tim Spires, president and chief executive officer of the Tennessee Association of Manufacturers and the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association, will be the keynote speaker. a
He holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master of business administration from the University of Tennessee.
He is a Certified Workforce Development Professional and serves as a board member with the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, representing Region 4 consisting of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
He also serves on the NAWDP Executive Committee and is the chair of the Professional Development committee.
He has been a strong advocate in workforce development and education, and was a key member of the team that organized the STEM High School and STEM Innovation Hub in Southeast Tennessee. He also serves on their Leadership Council.
Spires also serves as the co-chair of the Pathways to Prosperity Initiative in Southeast Tennessee. Through his work with the Manufacturers Association he serves as the state lead for the National Association of Manufacturers — Manufacturers Skill Certification System.
He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. His field is leadership development and he also works one-on-one with executives and physicians working on their master of business administration. He has also worked as a part-time faculty member at Lee University teaching business ethics and business communications.
Spires serves on and has been the chief visionary officer of several boards of nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary. He also serves as an advisory board member of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, College of Engineering and Computer Science; an advisory board member of the Engineering Technology Department of Chattanooga State; the Business Advisory Council of Lee University and is a member of the Workforce Investment Board of the Southeast Tennessee Development District.
For those who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, it will also be broadcast live online through the Cleveland State website at www.clevelandstatecc.eduand on WTNB Channel 5, at 10 a.m.