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Winter 2014 Speakers

Undergraduate Ceremony: Saturday

Dr. James P. Capolupo 
Superintendent, Springfield School District 
'74, B.S. Music Education

Dr. Capolupo is currently the Superintendent of the Springfield School District in Springfield, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He has been awarded the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents. He has also been named the 2015 Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Superintendents.

Prior to becoming the Superintendent, he held the position of Director of Teaching and Learning also in Springfield. Dr. Capolupo's background in education began as an elementary, middle school, and high school band director. His first administrative post was a Coordinator of Fine Arts. He also was an Assistant Principal, Acting Principal, and Principal. In addition, he was a Director of Elementary Education. Dr. Capolupo has also taught at Cabrini College, Neumann University, Arcadia University, Chestnut Hill College, Lincoln University, and Princeton University.

His academic preparation includes a B.S. in Music Education; M.A. in Education, Certificate of Advanced Study in Education, D.M.A. in Music, and post doctoral work in Educational Leadership. He also received an Honorary D.H.L. from Cabrini College where he was recently commencement speaker for the Graduate Division.

Dr. Capolupo is on the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators where he serves as the Membership Chair. He also is on the Professional Development Committee and the Resolutions Committee.

He has presented various workshops at: Villanova University; University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Title 1 Conference in Pittsburgh; Superintendents and Principals in the 21st Century in New England; International Reading Conference in Atlanta; Pennsylvania Guidance Counselors Conference; Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference, and at the NSBA conference in Boston and New Orleans, as well at the AASA National Conference in San Diego on the Topic of Elementary Literacy and Leadership. He was a member of a delegation of Pennsylvania educators invited to the White House. He served on a national panel at the White House on Substance Abuse and Academic Success. He also served on a Task Force at the United States Department of Education in Washington D.C. on Technology. Additionally, he has presented at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington on three occasions.

Dr. Capolupo has received the Robert Flynn Distinguished Service Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. He is co-author on a book being published in December of 2014 on the Superintendent Position in the United States.

In his spare time, Dr. Capolupo has served as a judge for the Miss America Parade for 10 years and as a judge for the Philadelphia Mummers Parade for 7 years. He is a judge for the Cavalcade of Bands and has judged more than 1000 high school marching band and jazz contests.He has been inducted to the Cavalcade of Bands Hall of Fame. Dr. Capolupo is a professional saxophonist and has performed along the East Coast.For the past 28 years, he has taken thousands of high school musicians on a summer concert tour of Europe.

Undergraduate Ceremony: Sunday

Samuel C. Thompson, Jr. 
Professor of Law, Penn State School of Law; Director, Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions, Penn State School of Law 
'65, B.S.

Sam is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Mergers and Acquisitions at the Penn State School of Law in State College, Pa. He teaches courses on mergers and tax law. Previously, he was the Dean of the University of Miami School of Law and a professor at the UCLA School of Law, the University of Virginia School of Law, and Northwestern University School of Law.

For many years Sam was the Partner in Charge of the Tax Division of the Schiff, Hardin & Waite law firm in Chicago. He has served in the U. S. Treasury's Tax Policy Office, and he has worked in an advisory capacity with (1) the European Union's Antitrust Merger Taskforce in Brussels, Belgium, (2) the FTC's Bureau of Competition, and (3) the SEC's Office of Mergers & Acquisitions. From 1999 to 2000 he served, on behalf of the U.S. Treasury Department, as the Tax Policy Advisor to the South African Ministry of Finance in Pretoria, South Africa.

Sam is the author of numerous articles and books. His latest books are (1) Mergers, Acquisitions and Tender Offers, a five volume set published by the Practicing Law Institute and updated semiannually, and (2) Business Planning for Mergers and Acquisition (4th Ed, in press with Carolina Academic Press).

Sam earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and his L.L.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law in 1973. He received a Masters in Business and Applied Economics from Penn in 1969 and a B.S. from West Chester University in 1965, where he played varsity football. From 1966 to 1969, Sam served in the United States Marine Corps, rising to captain and earning the Navy Commendation Medal for service in Vietnam.

Sam and his wife Becky, have an eight year old son, Samuel C. Thompson, III (Tommy), who loves football even more than Sam.

Graduate Ceremony

Christine M. Warren 
Director of Client Success, eBay Enterprise 
'90, B.A. Liberal Studies; M.S. Higher Education Counseling '99

Christine m. warren is a director of client success for eBay Enterprise, an eBay company specializing in creating, developing, and running online shopping sites for brick and mortar brands and retailers. Drawing from nearly 20 years of leadership in distribution, marketing, entrepreneurship, and technology, Warren crafts business strategies and identifies growth opportunities while championing and growing clients' brands and overall market position. She has been instrumental in the eBay Enterprise launches of brands such as Donna Karan, Betsey Johnson, and Drugstore.com.

Prior to assuming her current role, Warren served eBay Enterprise in numerous capacities, including director of operational metrics and director of client services operations. Earlier, she founded Profiler Technologies, a company that developed an emerging technology enabling online interviewing for students and contractors via a web-based portal. She was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's "40 under 40" business leaders.

Warren was elected to the West Chester University Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013 and has served on the Chester County Work Force Investment Board since 2003. An instructor at the Wharton Small Business Development Center, she holds a master of science in higher education counseling and a bachelor of arts in liberal studies, both from WCU.

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