U of O Commencement scheduled for May 17

Release Date: 4/17/2014

University of the Ozarks will confer bachelor degrees to 92 graduating seniors during its 2014 Spring Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 17, on the campus mall.

A Baccalaureate Service in Wilson-Munger Memorial Chapel will begin the day's activities at 9 a.m. University Chaplain Rev. Elizabeth Gabbard will provide the proclamation during the service.

The keynote Commencement speaker will be U of O Provost Dr. Daniel Taddie, who is retiring at the conclusion of this academic year. Taddie has served as the chief academic officer at Ozarks since 2002, a tenure exceeding that of all others since at least the 1940s.

Dr. Daniel Taddie

Retiring Provost Dr. Daniel Taddie will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Spring Commencement.

Taddie earned a B.A. in music with Summa Cum Laude honors from Marycrest College. He earned his M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. in music from the University of Iowa. He was the recipient of three post-doctoral fellowships, two from the National Endowment for Humanities at Princeton University and Dartmouth College, respectively, and the James Still Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. He participated in the Summer 2004 Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University. His professional activities in music included scholarly articles and presentations, publications and service as a clinician in choral music, and tenor soloist experience in opera, oratorios, cantatas, and recitals. He has been a member of, and held offices in, the Tennessee Association of Music Executives in Colleges and Universities, the East Tennessee Vocal Association, the Georgia Music Educators Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, the Society for American Music, the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Arkansas Deans Association, and the Council of Independent Colleges.

Taddie was a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa, an adjunct faculty member at Luther College and Upper Iowa University, and a faculty member at Mississippi County Community College (now called Arkansas Northeastern College), Bethel College (Tennessee), Maryville College (Tennessee), where he served as Chair of the Division of Fine Arts and Sheila Sutton Hunter Professor of Music from 1990-1999, and Columbus State University (Georgia), where he served as professor and director of the Schwob School of Music from 1999-2002.