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Dean Brady

Spring 2014 Commencement

Saturday, May 10, 2014
Noon, Campus Green

(on the lawn in between the
Business Services and Classroom buildings)

Students who have completed their degree requirements for graduation in the summer 2013, fall 2013, and spring 2014 semesters are eligible to participate in the spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

Keynote Speaker

Christian M. M. Brady, Ph.D.
Dean of the Schreyer Honors College

Dr. Christian M. M. Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College, joined Penn State in August 2006. Prior to arriving at Penn State, he served as an associate professor of classical studies and Jewish studies at Tulane University and as director of Tulane's Honors Program.

Dr. Brady holds two advanced degrees from the University of Oxford, a graduate diploma in Jewish studies and a doctorate in Oriental studies with a concentration in ancient Hebrew and Jewish literature, the former obtained simultaneously while completing a master's degree in biblical and theological studies from Wheaton College. His baccalaureate degree, in Near
Eastern studies and history, is from Cornell University.

As dean of the Schreyer Honors College, his vision to engage current Scholars and prospective students has led to the addition of a Dean’s blog on the college’s website and a series of podcasts featuring Scholars, alumni, and friends of the college.

Dr. Brady regularly teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and ancient Judaism through the College of the Liberal Arts. He is also an affiliate faculty member in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

Dr. Brady is deeply engaged with the Presidential Leadership Academy, a three-year program that provides a unique integrated learning experience for a select group of students beginning with their sophomore year. His involvement includes teaching individual class sessions, moderating discussions within Academy-sponsored programs, and accompanying Academy members on field trips each semester.

University-wide commitments include serving on the Faculty Senate Committee for Undergraduate Education and an appointment to the University’s Freeh Implementation Advisory Council. Dr. Brady led Penn State’s 2011 United Way campaign, which raised nearly $1 million from Penn State faculty and staff, and is the past chair of the Penn State Forum, a  lunchtime speakers series, modeled after the National Press Club, for the University community. Dr. Brady is an adviser to the Penn State chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and an adviser to Innoblue, a campus-wide student entrepreneurship group.

Dr. Brady also serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross Centre Communities Chapter.