WSU 2001 Commencement Speakers Announced

PULLMAN, Wash. — Speakers have been named for Washington State University’s Commencement on May 12.

They are Scott E. Carson, president of Connexion by Boeing; Edward Fritzky, president of Immunex Corp.; and Larry Echohawk, a professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, and former Idaho attorney general.

Carson will speak at the 8 a.m. colleges of Business and Economics and Education ceremony; Fritzky at the 11:30 a.m. colleges of Agriculture and Home Economics, Engineering and Architecture, Nursing, Pharmacy, Sciences and Veterinary Medicine ceremony; and Echohawk at the 3 p.m. College of Liberal Arts ceremony. All ceremonies are in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.

WSU President V. Lane Rawlins, as well as regents and university administrators, will join other college leaders, graduates and their families at each ceremony.

Scott E. Carson:
Carson is president of Connexion by Boeing, which provides high-speed Internet and entertainment services to mobile platforms. He was appointed to the position last November and was named senior vice president and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. Carson previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group, the world’s largest producer of commercial airplanes. Before this assignment, he was executive vice president of business resources for the former Boeing Information, Space and Defense Systems. Carson graduated from WSU with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He later received a master’s degree in the same discipline from the University of Washington. He serves as a trustee of the WSU Foundation. He also has served on the advisory panel for the University of Washington Executive MBA program and on various school board committees in the Federal Way School District.

Edward V. Fritzky:
Fritzky was elected chief executive officer and chairman of Immunex Corp. in January 1994. Previously, he served successively as vice president and president of Lederle Laboratories, a division of American Cyanamid. Before his tenure with Lederle, Fritzky was president and general manager of Searle Canada Inc. and Lorex Pharmaceuticals, a joint venture company. Fritzky also served at Searle as vice president of marketing in the United States. He is on the board of directors for SonoSite Corp., Geron Corp. and the Pacific Science Center and is chairman of the Technology Alliance. Fritzky holds a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. In June 1988, Fritzky was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Duquesne University.

Larry Echohawk:
Echohawk has been a professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, since 1995. He was attorney general of Idaho from 1990-94. He previously was Bannock County prosecuting attorney in Idaho, a member of the Idaho House of Representatives and chief general counsel of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. Echohawk is vice president of the American Indian Services Inc. National Advisory Board and on the board of trustees. He is on the board of directors for the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, National Indian Justice Center and Brigham Young University Varsity Club. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from the University of Utah.