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 SRU to Confer 1,050 Degrees May 13; Mary Del Brady to be Commencement Speaker 




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SPECIAL NOTE: Ceremony Moved Indoors: 11 a.m. Morrow Field House


     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Mary Del Brady, a 1972 Slippery Rock University graduate and entrepreneur whose 30 years of professional experience include the founding and ownership of several companies in the services and biotechnology industries and recently honored by Pittsburgh’s technology community, will be the speaker when the university awards nearly 1,050 diplomas, including 42 doctor of physical therapy degrees and 110 masters degrees at commencement ceremonies set for May 13.

      The 11 a.m. ceremonies in N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, the university’s 117th, will be directed by SRU President Robert Smith. (In the event of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be moved into Morrow Field House with tickets required. Each graduate has received three tickets for guest entrance to the field house.)

      The ceremony will include a welcome from Dr. Dennis E. Murray, chair of the SRU Council of Trustees, the delivery of the oath of office to four Army ROTC second lieutenants and induction of the graduates to the SRU Alumni Association by Eric L. Homes, president of the association and a 1993 SRU graduate.

      Brady has held an executive role within an academic health system, was president of a national association of business owners with international responsibilities and has served as director/adviser for numerous not-for-profit and for-profit boards. She earned her SRU bachelor of arts degree in humanities and her master of business administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is president and chief executive officer of RedPath Integrated Pathology, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based biotechnology company providing specialized cancer diagnostic testing.

      She was named a Pittsburgh Playmaker last December in TEQ magazine which quoted her as saying, “I am a businesswoman, but I want to do more than just operate a successful business, I want to help improve people’s lives…I’m an entrepreneur who brings the business discipline required to translate and commercialize technologies.”

      Prior to RedPath, Brady was co-founder and president of TissueInformatics. Inc., one of Pittsburgh’s first and highly regarded biotechnology companies. TII underwent steady growth under her leadership, where she recruited a first-class management and technology team and led the acquisition of a software development company.

      She was a leader in three rounds of private financing that raised $10 million and secured a corporate partnership agreement with Motorola. Preceding the founding of TII, Brady was a member of the senior management team of Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation. She was recruited from its board of directors to assist in the organization’s growth into a $1 billion statewide, academic health system.

      As a small business owner and advocate, Brady, a Pittsburgh resident, was partner in her first start up at the age of 24, and launched her second company six years later. She has served in numerous leadership capacities, including president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, vice-chair of the Pennsylvania delegation to the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business, member of the Governor’s Economic Development Partnership Board, and committee member for the 1988 Governor’s Conference on Small Business.

      In addition to receiving the President’s Award of Achievement from SRU, Brady is the recipient of numerous awards, including the E & Y Entrepreneur of the Year award and the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award; She was named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, and holds the Pittsburgh YWCA Tribute to Women Business and Leadership Award. She was named Women-in-Business Advocate for Pennsylvania by the U.S. Small Business Administration in 1983, and in 1992 she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She serves on the board of directors for Leadership Pittsburgh, the City Theatre and Penn State University – McKeesport Campus.                                     




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