Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 9, 2014 at 10 a.m.
Elmwood Park Amphitheater
Across Elm Street from the Jefferson College campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
Parking is available in the parking garage on campus. For directions to the Jefferson College campus, click here.
Handicapped parking is available on Jefferson Street in front of the Roanoke Public Library. Spaces are available on first-come, first-served basis.
About our Spring 2014 Commencement Speaker
Christopher Morrill, M.P.A.
City Manager of the City of Roanoke
Chris Morrill was appointed City Manager of the City of Roanoke March 1, 2010. Previously, he served nine years as Assistant City Manager of the City of Savannah, GA. From 1999 through 2001, he worked for Research Triangle Institute as Senior Municipal Finance Advisor to the South African National Treasury under a U.S. AID funded project. In this position, he assisted the South African government in developing local government finance legislation, municipal budget reforms, and capacity building programs.
From 1990 to 1992 and 1994 to 1999, Chris served as Research & Budget Director for the City of Savannah, GA. During the years 1992 to 1994, he served in the first group of U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in the former Soviet Union, where he advised the City of Lviv, Ukraine on finance & management issues. He has written numerous articles for Government Finance Review and co-authored The Savannah Story: The Road to Equity and Sustainable Community Development in Economic Development in American Cities: the Pursuit of an Equity Agenda. Chris completed a three-year fellowship in the Kellogg National Leadership Program, exploring conflict resolution/ community building in Peru, China, Northern Ireland, Spain and South Africa.
Morrill is an ICMA Credentialed Manager and was President of the Government Finance Officers Association of the US and Canada (GFOA) from 2012 to 2013. In 2011, he was chosen “Campaign Leader of the Year” by the United Way of the Roanoke Valley and currently serves as its Treasurer. He received the 2012 “Gold Star Award” from the Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 2013 he was honored with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Roanoke Chapter, Martin Luther King, Jr. “Drum Major for Justice Award.”
Morrill received a B.A. degree in political science from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and a master of public dministration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives in Roanoke with his wife and two sons where he enjoys cycling the greenways, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains and exploring the historic downtown.