Commencement scheduled for July 27

Posted: Monday, 16 July 2007

TROY – The president of a large national bookseller will keynote Troy University’s summer commencement July 27.

The commencement exercises will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. About 175 students are expected to participate.

Max Roberts, president of Barnes & Noble College Booksellers will provide the commencement address.

Mr. Roberts joined Barnes & Noble College Booksellers in 1996 after having served in a number of senior executive positions at such diverse retail firms as Petrie Retail, R.H. Macy & Company, and May Department Stores. A certified public accountant, he takes a hands-on, creative approach to business growth and is always on the lookout for new strategies and opportunities.

During his tenure at Barnes & Noble, Mr. Roberts has directed an unprecedented period of expansion, nearly quadrupling the number of institutions the company serves. Much of this growth can be attributed to Mr. Roberts’ dedication to customer satisfaction, technological innovation, and business efficiency. Barnes & Noble stores routinely win awards as the best bookstores in their areas, even in bookstore-rich cities like Boston and Philadelphia.

With roots in Tennessee and Ohio, Mr. Roberts graduated cum laude from Oklahoma Christian University. He is a member of the National Association of College & University Business Officers and the National Association of College and University Auxiliary Services, and he counts among his philanthropic engagements the Huntington's Disease Charity of Boston University and Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.