Dr. Francine G. McNairy and Roy B. Clair Jr. will receive honorary doctorate degrees from Millersville University at the fall commencement ceremony on December 15, at 2 p.m., in Pucillo Gymnasium.
McNairy, Millersville’s 13th President, served from March 2003 until January 2013. She formerly served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Millersville since August of 1994. During her tenure at Millersville, she pushed for an increase in the diversity of the faculty and the student body and secured greater relations with government, business and opinion leaders. As University president, McNairy held a $100 million budget and served as supervisor to about 1,000 employees and more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
Clair ’67, while a junior at Millersville in 1966, co-founded Clair Brothers with his brother, Gene Clair. The company originated from humble beginnings, with the Clair brothers working out of their garage, experimenting with sound. One of their first clients was Franklin & Marshall College. Since then, they’ve provided professional sound reinforcement for celebrity clients such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney and Elton John. Their business has blossomed into the world’s largest sound reinforcement company, now called Clair Global. Roy Clair also devoted his time serving as mayor of Lititz, on the board of directors of Linden Hall, on the MU Council of Trustees and was instrumental in establishing the new Lititz Rec Center.
As an academic institution, Millersville grants honorary doctoral degrees to individuals of exceptional accomplishments who have shown remarkable creativity, leadership, service or scholarship. This year’s recipients are receiving their degrees based upon those achievements.