Roger Tilles To Deliver Dowling College Commencement Address
Roger Tilles, a longtime patron of the arts and education and currently the Regent representing Long Island on the New York State Board of Regents, will address an estimated 1,000 graduates and their families at Dowling College's 44th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
| Roger Tilles, a longtime patron of the arts and education and currently the Regent representing Long Island on the New York State Board of Regents, will deliver the Dowling College commencement address on May 21, 2006.
Mr. Tilles was a founding member of the Association for a Better Long Island, is the former Chair of the Long Island Regional Planning Board, served as Chair of the Long Island University Board of Trustees, and served on the Boards of WNET/Channel 13 and WLIW/Channel 21. He has been Executive Vice Chairman of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, in addition to serving on the Executive Board of the Long Island Association. In April of 2005, he was elected the Regent representing Long Island on the New York State Board of Regents. He has been instrumental in forming the Long Island Arts Alliance, bringing together many cultural institutions of Long Island.
Mr. Tilles is also involved with significant interfaith activities, two of the most prominent being Project Understanding, which he formed with Monsignor Tom Hartman in 1987, bringing Catholic and Jewish teenagers together annually on a mission to Israel; and, as the producer of the first Vatican commemoration of the Holocaust under the auspices of Pope John Paul II in Rome in 1994. He is a member and past President of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, is on the Board of The Jewish Outreach Institute and has been a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of the UJA as well as on the Executive Board of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Mr. Tilles graduated in 1968 from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from the University of Michigan College of Law in 1971. He became Director of Law and Legislation for the Michigan Department of Education, was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education, and in 1975, he became the Executive Secretary to the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives. During this time in Michigan he taught education and the law at the University of Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan Universities' Schools of Education. After being a candidate for U.S. Congress, he opened his own law practice in Washington, D.C. in 1978, until his return to Long Island in 1983 where he became a Director of Tilles Investment Companies.
Mr. Tilles will receive an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Also to be honored at Dowling's commencement ceremonies are:
- Entrepreneur, financial analyst, and engineer Robert H. Buescher and his wife Janet C. Buescher, Dowling Class of 1973 and director of the Robert H. and Janet C. Buescher Foundation, who will each receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
- Felipe Luciano, community leader, acclaimed media professional, and current President of Luciano Productions and Vice President of News for Air America Radio, who will receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
- Joseph E. Verderber, Sr., community leader and President and CEO of Astro Moving & Storage, who will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Commercial Science.
About Dowling College
Dowling College is an independent, coeducational college that serves more than 6,500 students at
its historic Rudolph Campus on the banks of the Connetquot River in Oakdale, NY, and the 105-acre
Brookhaven Campus in eastern Long Island and a business center located near the Nassau-Suffolk
border in Melville. Dowling offers Bachelor′s, Master′s, and Doctoral degrees in several
disciplines through its four schools: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Education.