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December 14th, 2010
Blatchley to speak at Texas State commencement


Ron Blatchley.


Former Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents Chair Ron Blatchley will be the keynote speaker at one of four commencement ceremonies to be held Friday and Saturday at Texas State.

Blatchley, who remains on the board, will deliver his remarks at the graduation ceremony to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Strahan Coliseum. Degree candidates from the Colleges of Education and Health Professions will attend the Saturday morning ceremony.

Three ceremonies will be held Friday at Strahan Coliseum.

Degree candidates from the College of Liberal Arts and the University College will attend the 10 a.m. ceremony Friday. Candidates from the Colleges of Fine Arts and Communication and Applied Arts will attend the 2 p.m. ceremony Friday. Candidates from the McCoy College of Business Administration and the College of Science will attend the 6 p.m. Friday ceremony.

Texas State President Denise Trauth and Provost Perry Moore will offer remarks at the Friday ceremonies.

Blatchley is a partner in BMB Homes in Bryan-College Station. He retired from a career in higher education in 1985, serving the last 14 years as Director of Student Affairs at Texas A&M. In 1985, Blatchley and his wife, Ruth, became McDonald’s restaurant owner/operators. In 2003, they sold their 12 restaurants and Blatchley retired again. In 2004, he and his two partners started BMB Homes.

Blatchley is president of R. Blatchley Management, serves on the board of directors at First National Bank and has previously chaired and served on numerous other corporate, civic and charitable boards. He also has served councilmember and mayor in Bryan. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University.

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