Keynote Speaker, 2008

Dr. Beryl Brubaker, Provost of EMU
Dr. Beryl Brubaker, Provost of EMU

Dr. Beryl H. Brubaker, EMU provost, will give the commencement address on the theme, "A Metaphor for Remembering."

Dr. Brubaker has devoted 37 years of her life to a variety of teaching and administrative roles at Eastern Mennonite University. She has been provost since 2000, responsible to give overall guidance to the school's undergraduate and graduate academic programs, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, various university services and the Adult Degree Completion Program.

In 2003, Brubaker served seven months as interim president at EMU. She plans to officially retire in June 2008 but will continue on a part-time basis to manage aspects of the upcoming Southern Association of Colleges and Schools reaccreditation process.

Brubaker joined the EMU nursing department faculty in 1970 and became department chair of the innovative program in 1984. Prior to becoming provost, she was vice president for enrollment management.

She won recognition for direction of a university self-study in 1990 that resulted in the school's reaccreditation. Among the grants she wrote was the almost $2M Title III federal grant that was used in the nineties to create EMU's computer network.

The Belleville, Pa., native attended EMU for two years. She earned a BS degree in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, an MS in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a DSN in nursing from the University of Alabama.

Brubaker's churchwide and community involvements have included serving as past president of District 9 of the Virginia Nurses Association and as a board member of Mennonite Mutual Aid (MMA), the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic, Pleasant View Homes and Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. She received the Anabaptist Health Care Award from MMA for "distinguished service within health, educational, community and church settings over four decades."

She is married to J. Mark Brubaker, who teaches biology at James Madison University. The couple has two adult daughters and four grandchildren.