Gov. Bob Wise will join”Mr. Internet”and a successful inventor in accepting honorary degrees from West Virginia University during the schools 132nd commencement Sunday, May 13.
WVU will confer degrees on Wise; John T. Chambers, president and chief executive officer of Cisco Systems; and Winston L. Shelton, whose inventions have revolutionized the cooking industry. Ceremonies begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Coliseum.
“This years honorary degree recipients are leaders in their respective fields of politics, information technology, and research and development,” WVU President David C. Hardesty Jr. said.”By honoring them we present our graduating students with models of greatness to which they can aspire.”
Wise became West Virginias 33rd governor in January. Before that, he represented the states 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years. While in Congress, he was a ranking member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and helped secure federal support for dozens of state road projects. He also served one term in the West Virginia Senate.
Wise, who grew up in Charleston, is a graduate of Duke University and the Tulane University College of Law.
He and his wife, Sandy, have two children, Robert and Alexandra.
Chambers, who will also give the commencement address, has been president and CEO of Cisco Systems since 1995 and joined the company in 1991. Cisco is the global leader of networking for the Internet. Before joining Cisco, he worked for Wang Laboratories and IBM .
Business Week dubbed Chambers”Mr. Internet”in 1999, and Fortune listed Cisco as the third best place to work and second most admired company in America this year.
A Charleston native, Chambers graduated from the WVU College of Business and Economics in 1971, the WVU College of Law in 1974 and IndianaUniversitys Kelley School of Business in 1976. He is serving on the WVU Foundations Building Greatness capital campaign.
Shelton founded Winston Industries in 1969. He invented the Collectramatic Pressure Fryer with financial help from Kentucky Fried Chicken founder Harland Sanders, and the fryer became the primary cooking apparatus at KFC franchises worldwide. In 1980, he developed Controlled Vapor Technology, which employs controlled air, water and velocity to hold moisture in foods being heated. Many restaurants, schools and hospitals use this cooking method.
Before starting his own business, Shelton was a research and development engineer for General Electric, where he was instrumental in the development of clothes-washer technology.
Born in Lockwood, Nicholas County, he graduated from WVU in 1948 with a bachelors degree in electrical engineering. He lives in Jeffersontown, Ky.
For more information about WVU s commencement, visit the web site athttp://www.wvu.edu/commencement/.