UH Bauer Excited for Spring Commencement Speakers

Published on May 1, 2009

Connection to Houston Community Will Be Focus Of UH Bauer College Commencement Ceremonies

John L. King

John L. King

The University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business will welcome two of the biggest proponents for the college’s success at its Spring 2009 commencement ceremonies. Robert A. Casey, associate dean for external relations at UH Bauer, will give the keynote address at the graduate commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. May 15 in the Cullen Performance Hall, and John L. King, partner with Ernst & Young, LLP, will address the undergraduates at 1 p.m. May 16 at Hofheinz Pavilion, both on the University of Houston campus.

“We are fortunate to have both Bob and John speak to our graduating students this spring,” said Arthur Warga, Dean, C. T. Bauer College of Business. “Both have strong connections to our college and university and are some of our most tireless champions in the Houston community. Bob has helped to transform the college by building partnerships with our alumni and corporate partners, and John showcases the success many of our graduates enjoy, joining Ernst & Young as a partner in 2003 and helping to lead a multibillion-dollar global organization.”

Casey began working at UH Bauer in June 2000 and was instrumental in connecting the university to Charles T. “Ted” Bauer, who donated a record $40 million gift to name the college. Since 2000, he has helped to build significant corporate, alumni and individual support and to increase name awareness for UH Bauer.

King is a 1992 summa cum laude graduate of UH Bauer and immediate past chairman of the college’s Department of Accountancy & Taxation Advisory Board. He joined Ernst & Young in 2002 and in 2003, became a partner in the firm, which is a global organization with over $24 billion in revenue and 135,000 employees. King travels the world serving Fortune 500 companies engaged in a number of sectors, with a particular focus in the energy industry.

In addition, both Casey and King note the importance of bringing together UH Bauer and the Houston business community. During his tenure as chairman of the Accountancy & Taxation Advisory Board, King provided insight on strengthening the real-world applications of curriculum, while Casey serves on the UH Bauer College Dean’s Executive Board, comprised of CEOs and top executives of leading corporations around the United States that advise college administration to expand and create programs suited to what businesses need.

Robert A. Casey

Robert A. Casey

Robert A. Casey Jr. is the associate dean for external relations for the UH Bauer College of Business. He joined the University of Houston’s business school in June 2000 and was actively involved in earning the university’s $40 million gift from Charles T. “Ted” Bauer for whom UH Bauer College is named. Prior to joining UH, Casey served in a similar capacity as assistant dean for development at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin from 1992 to 2000. He received his BBA and MBA degrees from UT, attending graduate school there on a fellowship from IBM Corporation, where he worked for eight years in sales and sales management. Following IBM, Casey was involved in starting two technology and data processing services companies, which were sold in 1992. He is in his seventeenth year of university development and fundraising work and serves on the UH Bauer Dean’s Executive Board. In addition, Casey is active in community service work with area charities, including ECHOS community outreach aligned with Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, the Houston Leukemia Society, the Jesse Tree and the Board of Houston Works. Casey was a founding advisory board member of Partners Bank of Houston, which was sold to Sterling Bank of Texas.

John L. King is a partner with Ernst & Young, LLP. He grew up in Kansas City and attended the University of Houston on a National Merit Scholarship. King was a member of the UH Honors College and graduated summa cum laude with a BBA from UH Bauer College in 1992. He is also a graduate of the Ernst & Young Kellogg Executive Program at Northwestern University. King joined Ernst & Young in 2002 and became a partner in the firm in 2003. For his entire career, King has been based in Houston but has worked with global companies that are active in mergers and acquisitions across a number of different industries. In his work, he travels the world serving Fortune 500 companies engaged in different sectors, with a particular focus in the energy industry. King has been active in the Houston community for many years and is immediate past chairman of the UH Bauer College Accounting Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, Houston Division, and previously served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Houston.

The commencement speaking schedule is as follows:

  • Graduate Ceremony: 7 p.m. May 15, 2009, Cullen Performance Hall, Robert Casey
  • Undergraduate Ceremony: 1 p.m. May 16, 2009, Hofheinz Pavilion, John L. King