About the keynote speaker, 2007

Lee F. Snyder
Lee F. Snyder

The former president of Bluffton (Ohio) University, Lee F. Snyder, will give the commencement address on the theme, "A Road or a Path?"

Dr. Snyder was vice president and academic dean of EMU for 12 years before accepting the Bluffton presidency in 1996 and serving there until retiring on July 31, 2006.

Snyder's work with the Mennonite Church has ranged from congregational involvements to a term of service in Nigeria to denominational leadership assignments, including serving as moderator of Mennonite Church USA, 1999-2001.

International assignments in Africa, Asia and Latin America have contributed to her interest in global issues and international education.

A native of Harrisburg, Ore., Snyder attended EMU for one year and earned a B.A. degree from the University of Oregon.

Later she received an MA in English literature and linguistics from James Madison University and a PhD in American and Victorian literature from the University of Oregon.

Her doctoral work focused on the writings of contemporary California writer Joan Didion.

Snyder and her husband Delbert W. Snyder again reside in Harrisonburg, Va.