Regent Larry R. Ellis to Address Graduates

(April 16, 2013) University System of Georgia Regent Larry R. Ellis will deliver the keynote address to more than 700 candidates for graduation at Armstrong's Spring 2013 commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 4 at the Savannah Civic Center's Martin Luther King Jr. Arena. The processional begins at 9:45a.m., and the ceremony begins at 10:00.

General (retired) Larry Ellis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlanta, Georgia-based Ellis Services and Solutions Enterprises (ESSE). Since 2004, ESSE has been a services and solutions provider to the military and corporate sectors with security surveillance, fire alarm, and healthcare technology requirements.

After retiring from the Army, Ellis joined the Board of Directors of Point Blank Solutions and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Currently, he serves as a director on the boards of the Armed Forces Benefit Association and the Georgia Regents' Health System. He was appointed to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents by Gov. Sonny Perdue and has been appointed to the Board of Regents for Morgan State University in Maryland.

Ellis served in the United States Army for more than 35 years, with nearly half his service assigned overseas. He commanded combat arms units at every echelon of the Army before retiring in 2004 as the Commander, Army Forces Command. He served in senior command and staff positions at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw multi-year programs and budgets in support of national strategic objectives as the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training. He also served with the United Nations Command in South Korea, the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, and the U.S. European Command in Germany and the Balkans.

Ellis' military awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Korean Defense Service Medal, Korean Cheonsu Medal, NATO Medal, German Armed Honor Gold Cross, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.
Other honors include an Honorary Doctor of Laws, Honorary Master of Strategic Studies, the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the NAACP National Service Award, and the ROCK of the Year Award. Ellis earned an undergraduate degree from Morgan State University and a graduate degree from Indiana University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Ellis is married to the former Jean Williams of Baltimore, Md. They have two adult daughters.

Degrees will be conferred to candidates representing the university's College of Education, College of Health Professions, College of Liberal Arts and College of Science and Technology. The Armstrong Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mark B. Johnson, will provide the musical accompaniment. Emily Grundstad-Hall and Carol Benton will lead the audience in the singing of the national anthem and the university alma mater.