Florida's Commencement Ceremony to Feature Speaker Clyde Lear, Award Honorary Doctor of Laws Degrees

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Clyde Lear

Clyde Lear

Stephen A. Levin

Stephen A. Levin

The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 7th at Northwood University Florida's Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center.

Guests at Northwood University Florida's commencement ceremony will have the opportunity to gain wisdom from the professional and personal experiences of Clyde Lear, the retired Chairman and CEO of Learfield Communications, Inc., and a tireless advocate for today's youth.

Among six national leaders whose sphere of experience and influence spans global industries including automotive, communications, realty, politics, television and the arts, Lear and Palm Beach resident Stephen A. Levin will be awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees from Northwood University and will become members of its Gallery of Distinction

The Florida commencement ceremony will be held May 7th, 2013 beginning at 4:00 pm at Northwood University Florida's Countess de Hoernle Student Life Center.

"One of the many things which makes us unique is our global footprint. With campuses throughout the world, including three residential campuses here in the U.S., commencement is a year-round reality for us," said Pretty. "When you see the joy and pride expressed on the faces of our graduates it is always a reminder that our mission is a transformative one. The students who graduate from Northwood leave here different than when they first arrived. And that is an incredible process we are privileged to be a part of," he explained.

Lear founded Learfield Communications, Inc. in 1972 as an outgrowth of his master's project at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Now the preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketing arena boasting a rich history dating back to 1975, Learfield Sports is the exclusive provider of marketing services for athletic departments at 49 major institutions, including the likes of Missouri, Alabama, UNC, Stanford, Indiana, Wisconsin, OU, Miami, and Clemson. It also markets for the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA) and spearheads corporate partner platforms for the Big Ten Conference and the Western Athletic Conference.

The Jefferson City-based organization has offices in 75 cities around the nation, and owns the nation's largest agricultural radio network, the Brownfield Network; five state news networks: the Missourinet, Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Radio Network, South Carolina News Network and the Nebraska News Network.

Lear received a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri in 1968 and an AB degree in 1966 from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. He attended high school in Jefferson City where he was born in 1944. Lear is a leader in higher education. For 13 years he served on the Board of Curators of CMU and for five years was its Chair. He is a member of the 1992 Class of Distinguished Alumni from the University of Missouri, an award that highlighted his significant contribution to media in the state. He was enshrined into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in January, 2012.

Palm Beach business, civic, and community leader, Stephen A. Levin is chairman of the board of The Erin Corporation and Erin Investments, Inc. Among the holdings of these companies is Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc. Gold Coast is the largest wholesale beer distributor in Florida, having distribution centers in Miami, Pompano Beach, Homestead and Rockland Key, and one of the largest beer distributors in the country. Mr. Levin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and attended Temple University Graduate School of Business.

Levin is former chairman of the board of the Quantum Foundation, one of the largest private charitable foundations in Palm Beach County. Mr. Levin serves on the board of trustees of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles, California, and was presented with their National Community Service Award in 1999. He is a former vice chairman of the Palm Beach County Anti-Defamation League, and in 2004 Mr. Levin was awarded the Haym Solomon Award, the highest honor offered by the Anti-Defamation League. Mr. Levin is former vice president of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, a former member of the Board of Directors for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Palm Beach County, and has served on the Vanderbilt University Law School Advisory Board. Mr. Levin was vice-chairman of the board of JFK Hospital, Atlantis and also served as president of Temple Emanu-El, Palm Beach. Mr. Levin is a director of the Palm Beach Police Foundation, and vice chairman of the board of the MorseLife Foundation. In 2011 Mr. Levin was honored by the Northwood University Board of Trustees with the Outstanding Business Leader award, and currently serves as a member of the Outstanding Leaders Association Executive Committee. Mr. Levin has previously owned and operated a number of other businesses, including a large chain of Pizza Hut restaurants, Reading Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Pennsylvania, Quality Roofing Supply Company, Berkshire News, various self-storage facilities and Madison Leasing Company.