WWU gears up for commencement with Val Kilmer

The campus of William Woods University is a buzz with
activity in preparation
for this year’s undergraduate commencement speaker, Val Kilmer.
Kilmer will address the graduates on
May 5, but is spending the preceding week at WWU, meeting with
various groups and performing his one-man play, “Citizen Twain,” on
Tuesday evening.
One of the most prolific actors of his
generation, Kilmer’s
memorable roles include Batman in “Batman
Forever,” Jim Morrison in Oliver
Stone’s “The Doors,” Doc Holliday in “Tombstone”
and Simon Templar in “The Saint.”
Graduate students will hear from Ken Lyle, chief financial officer for Fulton State Hospital and an adjunct faculty member for WWU.
A total of 235 students will receive diplomas. With another ceremony in December, the combined number of WWU graduates since last May is 867.
William Woods will grant four associate of arts, 25 bachelor
of arts, 126 bachelor
of science, two bachelor of
fine arts and nine bachelor of social work degrees. WWU will award one master of business administration (MBA), 52
master of education (M.Ed.) and 16 educational specialist (Ed.S.) degrees.
WWU will hold two commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5″”one for traditional undergraduates at 10 a.m. and one for undergraduates and graduate students in the evening program at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
to the undergraduate
commencement, William Woods will hold its traditional Ivy Chain Ceremony at 9:15 a.m. around Senior Lake.
Lyle, the afternoon speaker, has
served most of his career within Missouri’s
Department of Mental Health. 
Working in Jefferson City, he was a state-level
planner, establishing plans for hospital capacity, forensic services and
specialized children’s
services. He also designed a statewide Medicaid program
tailored to serve the needs of the severely mentally ill in Missouri.
Since 1992, he
has served as the chief
financial officer for Fulton State Hospital,
the department’s flagship
He also has served as an adjunct
faculty for William Woods University’s master of business administration
program for 15 years. Lyle teaches MBA classes in leadership,
organizational behavior, managerial ethics, entrepreneurialship, health care
emphasis courses and the Capstone courses.
Graduating from William Jewell College of
Liberty, Missouri, with
a bachelor’s degree in philosophy
and psychology, he went on to earn master’s degrees in counseling psychology
and public administration from the University of Missouri.  
Lyle has served 10-plus years as team leader,
overseer and judge for the
prestigious Missouri Quality
Award.  He has received national awards
for his contributions to innovative practices in procurement
of food, pharmaceuticals and computer equipment that saved many millions of dollars for Missouri