Speakers Announced for CSU Graduation Ceremonies

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Fort Benning’s commanding general and the chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia will deliver the commencement addresses for Columbus State University graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 16 in the Lumpkin Center on main campus.

More than 600 students will receive degrees in separate ceremonies starting 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Maj. Gen. Michael Barbero will speak to Turner College of Business and College of Science degree recipients participating in the morning ceremony.

Susan HerbstUSG Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Susan Herbst, right, will speak to College of Education, College of Arts and Letters and University College degree recipients participating in the afternoon program.

Herbst, who assumed her post in November 2007, is responsible for the academic needs of more than 260,000 students and about 10,000 university system faculty members. She leads the system’s comprehensive universities and the university system office that includes academic programs and planning, faculty affairs, student affairs, international programs, teacher-education initiatives, strategic research and analysis, and information and instructional technology.

Herbst’s prior administrative and faculty experience covers 18 years at Northwestern University, Temple University and the University at Albany, State University of New York, where she served as acting president.

Michael BarberoAlso a professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, Herbst has published several articles and books about politics and public opinion.

Barbero, right, a 1976 graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., assumed command of the U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning in November 2008.

As an infantry officer, he has served in the 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division, 7th Infantry Division, 10th Mountain Division and 4th Infantry Division and recently served 16 months in Baghdad as the director of operations for Multi-National Force-Iraq. It was his second tour in Iraq.

His father, a retired Army colonel, served in World War II.

Due to anticipated heavy traffic, guests are advised to arrive early as seating will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Both graduation ceremonies can be viewed via live Web cast. For more information, go to http://graduation.colstate.edu.