Northwood University Welcomes CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber as Commencement Speaker, Honorary Doctorate Recipient

Dale Petroskey - 5-2015CEDAR HILL, TX – May 6, 2015 Northwood University Texas Adult Degree Program and Master of Business Administration degree graduates recently celebrated their commencement ceremony at an afternoon ceremony on May 5th, 2015 at Trinity Christian Church in Cedar Hill.
The group, lauded for their exemplary academic and community service achievements, joined the university in welcoming Dale A. Petroskey, President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber, as its commencement speaker and honorary doctorate recipient.
Petroskey assumed the position of President and CEO of the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) on April 1, 2014. He works with the Board, staff, and more than 2,000 member companies to increase economic prosperity and enhance the quality of life throughout the region. The DRC focuses on economic development initiatives, improving education at all levels, and setting public policy direction designed to maintain a healthy business climate in North Texas. Petroskey brings to the Chamber a strong background in public policy, strategic communications, and non-profit management, having held leadership positions in all three sectors – public, private, and nonprofit – for more than 30 years.
Early in his career he worked 18 years in Washington, D.C., serving as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bill Goodling (PA), Assistant White House Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation under then-Secretary Elizabeth Dole, and as Senior Vice President of Mission Programs at the National Geographic Society. From 1999 to 2008, Petroskey served as President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, and later as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Community Development for the Texas Rangers, and Vice President of Public Affairs for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, the nation’s fourth largest energy company.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Petroskey is a member of numerous boards, including the Dallas Citizens Council, Dallas Medical Resources, the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Educate Dallas, The Alfalfa Club of Washington, D.C., and Clayton Kershaw’s Challenge. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. Petroskey and his wife, Ann, live in Dallas and have three grown children.
The highest award a university can make to an individual who has contributed to society in a meaningful way, Northwood University honorary doctorate recipients join a “Gallery of Distinction” of men and women whom Northwood has vested with degrees throughout the past 55 years. As their ideals, vision and accomplishments benefit their local communities and the nation as a whole, their support of The Northwood Idea continues forever. Northwood University salutes all the members of the Gallery of Distinction and pledges to them the dedicated continuation of The Northwood Idea into the 21st century.
In observance of one of Northwood’s finest traditions, all recipients of honorary degrees are presented with personal caps, gowns, and hoods. Every year they are invited back to participate in the commencement processional, enjoy social events, and renew old friendships.