Romaine Seguin, a William Woods University alumna and the new president of the UPS Americas Region with responsibility for Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, will speak at WWU’s undergraduate commencement May 7.
Graduate students will hear from Dr. Jacques Cowherd, superintendent of Fulton School District.
A total of 444 students will receive diplomas. With another ceremony in December, the combined number of WWU graduates since last May is 1,094.
Because of the large numbers, WWU will hold two commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 7—one for undergraduates at 10 a.m. and one for graduate students at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
Prior to the undergraduate commencement, William Woods will hold its traditional Ivy Chain Ceremony at 9:15 a.m. around Senior Lake.
Following Seguin’s remarks to the undergraduates, William Woods will grant five associate of arts, 16 bachelor of arts, 119 bachelor of science and seven bachelor of social work degrees.
During the afternoon ceremony for graduate students, WWU will award one master of business administration (MBA), 245 master of education (M.Ed.) and 51 educational specialist (Ed.S.) degrees.
Seguin graduated from William Woods in 1982, and started with UPS in St. Louis in 1983 as a part-time hub controller. Since then she has worked in many management positions with UPS, both in the U.S. and Europe.
In 1994, she was named controller for the air district, based in Louisville, Ky., and was promoted to a senior operational role in which she was responsible for opening the first automated test wing at UPS Worldport.
Seguin moved to Europe in 2007 to become managing director of UPS South Europe.A year later she was promoted to chief operating officer of UPS Europe, Middle East and Africa.
As COO, Seguin oversaw the opening of new operating centers in Paris, Sweden and Romania. She also supervised the acquisition and integration of service contractors in Turkey, Romania and Slovenia, as well as the expansion of domestic express services in 14 additional countries.
Seguin played a major role in the efforts of UPS to become greener through the introduction of zero-emission electric vehicles and compressed natural gas vans in Germany and the UK, as well as the launch of a UPS carbon neutral shipping option for customers in 16 European markets.
In her new position as president of the UPS Americas Region, Seguin is based in Miami. She is responsible for UPS package and cargo operations in more than 50 countries and territories, and also oversees UPS Supply Chain Solutions operations throughout Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Cowherd, the afternoon speaker, has been superintendent of schools for the 2,100-student Fulton School District since 2009. He previously served as general manager of FairCom Corporation in Columbia, Mo., for two years and before that he was deputy superintendent for Columbia Public Schools for six years.
From 1984 to 2001, he worked for the Missouri School Boards’ Association, where he was deputy executive director and chief operating officer. He also was director of the Center for Continuing Education, School of Public Services and Continuing Education at Central Missouri State University from 1979 to 1984. He also spent two years as the learning coordinator for Experience-based Career Education at State Fair Community College. He taught English and social studies in Marshall, Mo., and Otterville, Mo., before that.
Dr. Cowherd earned his BSE, MSE and Ed.S., all from Central Missouri State University, and his Ed.D. from the University of Missouri.