Carol Glazer to Join Tom Ridge, E.J. Dionne Jr., and Arnold Palmer at Commencement Ceremony

May 3, 2012 – Allegheny College will award an honorary doctorate to Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD), at the college’s Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. In the college’s 197th year, Glazer will be joining E.J. Dionne Jr., Arnold Palmer and Tom Ridge in receiving honorary doctorates from the college.

“We are pleased to honor Carol Glazer at our Commencement ceremony this year, alongside her National Organization on Disability colleague Tom Ridge, who serves as NOD’s chairman,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. “Together, Carol and Tom work to ensure vibrant futures for Americans with disabilities. They are dedicated to equal opportunity and social justice, and their efforts allow us to continue on the path to becoming a stronger nation.”

Since 2008, Glazer has been president of NOD, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the full participation in all aspects of life of America’s 54 million people with disabilities. NOD’s mission is to find creative solutions to disability employment issues—and to share the lessons from that work.

Under Glazer’s leadership, NOD has developed important new relationships with leading employers, national and local foundations, allied disability organizations, the U.S. Army and scores of new corporate donors to NOD’s programs. NOD has also doubled its revenues while increasing its focus on employment initiatives by a factor of 10.

For seven years prior to joining NOD, Glazer was a program development and management consultant to foundations, universities and nonprofit organizations working to improve conditions in inner-city communities.

She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Commencement ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Bentley Hall lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Wise Center Sports Forum. Tickets are required for admission only if the ceremony is held in the Wise Center.