Commencement to Take Place on May 19
St. Lawrence University’s Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, on Creasy Commencement Common or in Newell Fieldhouse in the event of inclement weather.
Students, faculty, staff and guests will hear remarks from honorary doctorate recipients Jeffery Boyd ’78, former President and CEO of Priceline and chair emeritus of St. Lawrence’s Board of Trustees, and philanthropy executive and consultant Susan L. Washburn, chair of the Board of Trustees at Franklin and Marshall. Regional artist and graphic designer Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda will receive the 2019 North Country Citation.
Jeffery Boyd ’78
Jeffery Boyd has held many senior executive positions at the successful company, Booking.com, Inc. (formerly Priceline), a leading provider of online travel and related services. He has served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility, including Priceline’s president and chief executive officer from November 2000 until December 2013. In 2013, he took on the position of chairman, followed by president and CEO during 2016. Boyd has achieved a long and successful tenure leading strategies that guided the company to become a multi-billion dollar profitable business.
Prior to his successful position at Priceline, Boyd worked as an associate at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell and as a partner at Robinson & Cole. In the past, he has served as an assistant general counsel for the money management firm Lord, Abbett and Co. Boyd also served in the position of executive vice president, general counsel and secretary at Oxford Health Plans, Inc.
At St. Lawrence, Boyd was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He made the Dean’s List and was an active member on the student judiciary board as the chief justice. Continuing to mentor students as an alumnus, Boyd spends his time volunteering as a career advisor and has been a member of his 20th and 25th reunion development committees.
Boyd was elected a Trustee in 2004, serving as both the vice chair of the Board from 2012 to 2013 and the chair from 2013 to 2018, and currently serves as chair emeritus.
Sue Washburn falls under the title of strategic thinker, an expert in donor motivation and an outstanding teacher and speaker. Washburn, along with her 40 years of experience, facilitates educational advancement in both public and private higher education. She has used her connections in development, alumni relations and communications to consult relationships with colleges, universities and schools in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Washburn established Washburn & McGoldrick in 1995, integrating her knowledge and experience in order to create the successful consulting firm specializing in higher education fundraising.
Following her education at her alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College, she obtained a master’s degree in management and marketing from Clarkson University (1980) and completed advanced study at Harvard’s Institute for Educational Management. Following schooling, she served as vice president for development at Centenary College, vice president for Development and Administration Evergreen State College and executive director of the Evergreen Foundation, and from 1988-1996 vice president for University Advancement at St. Lawrence University. She regularly serves as an advocate for St. Lawrence since leaving the university. Sue is now a trustee and chair of the Board of Trustees at Franklin and Marshall.
Washburn received the E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement awarded at the annual CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement in July 2018. This award honors individuals who have earned the respect and admiration of their professional colleagues, made a significant and lasting impact in institutional advancement through professional achievements and served the profession over an extended period of time.
Suzanne Langelier-Lebeda is a nationally known watercolor artist, graphic designer and illustrator who uses the Adirondack Mountains and the St. Lawrence River Valley as the backdrop of her inspiration. She has been published in Adirondack Life and Country Living Gardner magazines. Langelier-Lebeda was also chosen to create the keepsake poster for the Adirondack Park Centennial.
Langelier-Lebeda was director of publications at SUNY Potsdam for 25 years, maintaining a professional role before becoming a fulltime artist in 2000. She is a friend of St. Lawrence and has created the series of posters of iconic campus doors that adorn the walls of Eben Holden. In 2003, Langelier-Lebeda designed the keepsake poster of the Herring-Cole Rose Window and St. Lawrence doors series to become the centerpiece of Campaign St. Lawrence in 2003.