Bachelor’s Degrees Granted at 2011 Undergraduate Commencement
Muskingum University held its 2011 undergraduate
commencement exercises on May 7, featuring an address by 1966 alumnus
Marshall C. Phelps, Jr. The baccalaureate address was delivered by 1963
alumnus Glenn R. Hodges, M.D. Both bachelor of arts and bachelor of
science degrees were conferred, including the first class of those
receiving the bachelor of science in nursing degree.
In recognition of their achievements, both Mr. Phelps
and Dr. Hodges were granted the honorary degree of doctor of humane
Marshall C. Phelps, Jr. ‘66
C. Phelps, Jr. has created an eminent global legacy in the field of
intellectual property policy in the information age. His pioneering
licensing strategies have reshaped the landscape of intellectual
property, entrepreneurship, and innovation and have generated
unprecedented economic development.
His distinguished career began with IBM, where he
served for twenty-eight years. As Vice President of Intellectual
Property and Licensing during the 1990s, he oversaw a portfolio of more
than 40,000 patents and trademarks, and applied innovative licensing
strategies to transform what had historically been a costly legal
overhead function into a $2 billion annual profit center. He also served
IBM as Director of Government Relations in Washington, DC and as Vice
President of Asia Pacific Operations in Tokyo.
Mr. Phelps served Microsoft Corporation for eight years
as Corporate Vice President of Intellectual Property Policy and
Strategy. Under his leadership, Microsoft emerged as one of the world’s
largest intellectual property companies, with more than 60,000 patents
and applications and extensive copyright holdings and trademarks.
Currently, Mr. Phelps is an Executive Consultant to
enterprises around the globe and advises the National Academy of Science
as a member of its university-related intellectual property committee.
He is a founding partner of Intellectual Ventures, the largest acquirer
of patents worldwide, and serves on five corporate boards of directors.
His critically-acclaimed book, Burning the Ships: Intellectual Property and the Transformation of Microsoft (2009), focuses on the ways intellectual property generates new
business opportunities. He has shared his expertise as a visiting
professor at leading business, law, and engineering schools including
those of Cornell University, Duke University, the University of North
Carolina, and the University of California at Berkeley.
Mr. Phelps has received many honors and awards,
including election to the inaugural class of the Intellectual Property
Hall of Fame in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Muskingum, a Master of Science degree in Advanced Management from
Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Juris Doctor degree from
Cornell University School of Law.
Glenn R. Hodges ’63, M.D.
Glenn R. Hodges is an eminent physician and community volunteer who has
changed the lives of others through his service and leadership.
He established a distinguished practice as an
infectious disease specialist and was on the faculty of the University
of Kansas Medical School for more than thirty years. He served the
Kansas City Veterans Administration Hospital with distinction for
twenty-two years, including nine years as Chief of Staff.
Upon retirement, he joined the Health Partnership
Clinic of Johnson County as a volunteer physician, extending medical
care to those in need in his community.
Dr. Hodges helps lead the innovative social service
program offered by the Cross-Lines Community Outreach. He has served as
President of the Board of Directors and he established the Cross-Lines
Garden which provides fresh produce for the food pantry.
He graduated with his Muskingum Bachelor of Arts degree
in Chemistry and was the recipient of a National Science Foundation
grant to study microbial genetics at the University of Chicago. He
earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker
School of Medicine and a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State
University, where he completed a National Institutes of Health Special
Research Fellowship in Internal Medicine.
A dedicated alumnus, he encourages Muskingum students
to pursue research explorations and seek new ways of thinking, healing,
and improving human life.
Dr. Hodges and his wife, Carolyn Read Hodges ’64, are
both master gardeners and leaders of the Kansas City Rose Society and
the Johnson County Rose Society. They are the parents of Diane, Cheryl,
Kristine, and Janice.