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York College to graduate nearly 300 on Dec. 20; alumnus and global business leader Shane Skinner to offer address

December 06, 2017
Commencement Speakers: Shane Skinner '92 and Dr. Bridgette Hagerty

Nearly 300 graduates will receive degrees from York College at the Dec. 20 winter commencement ceremony. The ceremony will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center’s M&T Field House.

Alumnus and global business leader Shane Skinner will offer the address. Associate Professor of Biology Bridgette Hagerty, the inaugural recipient of the York College Presidential Award for Teaching and Mentoring Excellence, will also address the class and guests.

Skinner earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from York College in 1995. As a student, he was an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and volunteered for a myriad of community service activities. He played on the men’s soccer team for one year and on the rugby team for two years. He served as the coach for the York Catholic High School track and field team during his junior and senior years.

Skinner is the founder and CEO of Record360, a leading global mobile digital forms technology company, with Fortune 500 customers including Tesla, BMW, Mercedes, Caterpillar, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He is also the owner of the Seattle Seawolves, a franchise of Major League Rugby, a professional rugby league that will launch in Spring 2018 with games aired nationwide on CBS Sports Network.

Previously, Skinner held various financial leadership roles over a 16-year career with Enterprise Rent-A-Car throughout the U.S. and U.K. and has held other senior leadership positions including chief financial officer for Fonte Coffee Roasters and See Kai Run shoes. He is also an adjunct professor and teaches Information Systems at Seattle University’s Ablers School of Business and Economics.

Skinner is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his MBA from Pepperdine University. He received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from York College and in 2016 was named by Tech.co as one of Seattle’s Top Ten Startup Founders Over 40. Skinner is proud to sit on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Washington. An active community leader, Skinner has played an integral leadership role in the Special Olympics since his first involvement with the organization at York College during his freshman year in 1992. He currently resides in Seattle, Wash., with his wife, Rebecca, and two sons.

A conservation biologist and ecologist, Hagerty earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a doctorate in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She served as a post-doctoral fellow and adjunct instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Biology faculty for two years before coming to York College in 2011. She currently serves as associate professor of biology.

Hagerty’s research interests include conservation of amphibians and reptiles, movement ecology, population and landscape genetics, and community engagement to address local conservation problems or needs. She mentors students in her conservation biology class who are conducting research about park habitat at York County’s Nixon Park.

Hagerty was chosen as the first recipient of the York College Presidential Award for Teaching and Mentoring Excellence. Created in 2017 by President Pamela Gunter-Smith, the Award acknowledges and honor excellence in teaching and mentoring, which are at the core of the York College’s mission. The recipient receives a stipend of $1,000 and a plaque for distinguished teaching and mentoring, and also speaks at the winter commencement. 

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