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Randolph College Announces 2012 Commencement Speaker

Josiah “Si” Bunting III will deliver the May 13 address

3/12/2012 11:53:11 AM


LYNCHBURG—Josiah “Si” Bunting III will deliver the Commencement address to the Randolph College Class of 2012 on Sunday, May 13. Commencement is scheduled for 10 a.m. in The Dell at Randolph College. pBunting, who has been a member of Randolph’s Board of Trustees since 2010, serves as president of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation in New York City and is an adjunct professor at Princeton University.

“We are excited to have a scholar and author with such impressive credentials deliver our Commencement address,” said John E. Klein, president of Randolph. “Mr. Bunting is a thought-provoking speaker whose insight and experience will strike a chord with our graduating seniors.”

Bunting is a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and a Vietnam War veteran. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and Columbia University as a John Burgess Fellow. A sought-after lecturer, Bunting holds honorary degrees from several colleges. He served as president of Briarcliff College and Hampden-Sydney College and was the superintendent of Virginia Military Institute for eight years during the school’s transition to coeducation.

An accomplished author, Bunting’s publications include Ulysses S. Grant , which was part of Arthur Schlesinger’s American Presidents series; All Loves Excelling , a novel set at a boarding school; The Lionheads , which was selected as one of the “Ten Best Novels of 1973” by Time Magazine; and An Education for Our Time , which was a main selection of the Conservative Book Club in 1998.

Bunting and his wife, Diana, have four children and live in The Plains, Virginia.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations


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