Lees-McRae selects chairman of the Board of Trustees Harvey Lowd as 2015 Commencement speaker

April 28, 2015

Lees-McRae College will hold its annual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. on Tate Lawn. As the culmination of the academic year, commencement is a special time for students, faculty, staff, families and the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the Lees-McRae College graduates. Lees-McRae College Board of Trustees chairman, Harvey Lowd, has been chosen as the 2015 Commencement speaker. Lowd will present his keynote address titled “Dream Big.”

As the founder of HLL Consulting, Lowd is a business leader with a passion to help other leaders be challenged, succeed and grow with their own businesses in North Carolina. Lowd was born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University in 1970. In December of 1970, Lowd enlisted in the U.S. Army. After leaving active duty, he pursued a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut. 

Lowd worked for GAF Corporation for 13 years in various sales, management and marketing roles and then worked for seven years as a General Manager of James River Corporation. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of KAO Specialties Americas, a subsidiary of KAO Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. While president, he transformed the company from a local, privately owned chemical supplier to a global supplier of specialty chemicals. In 2007, Lowd started HLL Consulting where he serves as a coach and mentor to senior business executives. He facilitates 14 businesses in the Triad area.

In addition to serving on the Lees-McRae Board of Trustees, Lowd has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the American Chemistry Council, Wikoff Color Corporation, Red Cross and United Way, High Point Economic Development Corporation, Partners Ending Homelessness and the Kiwanis Club.

Lowd and his wife, Jan, live in High Point, North Carolina and are extremely proud of their two children, Andrew, a 2008 graduate of Lees-McRae, and Kristin, a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

For more information about commencement, please visit lmc.edu/commencement

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