Commencement Speakers

Vandana Pednekar MagalVandana Pednekar-Magal - Friday, December 15

Vandana Pednekar-Magal earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University. She is professor of Journalism and Media Communication at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She has served as the Director of GVSU’s School of Communications that housed six academic programs including a master’s program with 1,600 students and 40 full-time faculty.

Her work spans and connects many fields of study. Her published work includes scholarly journal articles on the subjects of electronic surveillance, transnational media, globalism and nationalism, and liberal education. She has produced two documentary films that were aired on the PBS/WGVU channel in Grand Rapids. One of her films won West Michigan’s Eclipse award for Best Writing.

Dr. Pednekar-Magal grew up in Mumbai, India. Prior to her life in the United States, she worked as a reporter and feature writer for The Economic Times – a prominent south Asia financial daily. She has published articles in magazines and newspapers, including The Times of India and The Toledo Blade.

Vandana has been invited on several occasions by the local media in West Michigan to lend her expertise on a number of topics. She serves on the Advisory Board of Grand Valley State University’s Shakespeare Festival, and the University’s Civil Discourse initiative.

Doug GoodDoug Good - Saturday, December 16

Doug Good earned a bachelor of science in computer science from Bowling Green State University in 1990. In 2001, he earned his MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

Good’s passion for IT started with his role as a lab supervisor in the BGSU computer labs. His career in IT spans 27 years with roles at NCR, Bay Networks and Cisco. Doug joined Cisco 21 years ago as a systems engineer. He now serves as the vice president of Engineering and Architectures, Americas Sales, for Cisco. This team consists of 2,500 specialists supporting $20 billion in annual sales for the company, covering the United States, Canada and Latin America.

Good is very passionate about BGSU, acting as Cisco’s Executive Sponsor for the University and is a supporter of BGSU’s Agile Software Factory and BGSU’s Women in Computer Science program. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.