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Cook to be May Commencement Keynote Speaker

Robert E. Cook

Robert E. Cook, IUP class of 1964, will be the 2009 May commencement keynote speaker.

Cook endowed IUP’s Robert E. Cook Honors College in 1993 and has been actively involved with its nurturing since that time, with additional funding for specific projects and programs. Cook will be on campus in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the first graduating class of the Robert E. Cook Honors College. Cook spent his career as a serial entrepreneur in computer software.  His first company was VM Software, later named System Center, which was founded in 1981, listed on both the Nasdaq and the New York stock exchanges, and was sold in 1993. He acted a seed investor, CEO advisor, and board member of several other software companies. Cook served as a regular Army officer from 1964 until 1969 with service in Europe, Vietnam, and Washington, D.C. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from IUP, Cook earned an MBA from George Washington University.