Secretary Todd P. Haymore to deliver address at VCU commencement

Secretary Todd P. Haymore.
Secretary Todd P. Haymore.

Todd P. Haymore, Virginia secretary of commerce and trade, will be the featured speaker at Virginia Commonwealth University’s fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 10.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe appointed Haymore as secretary of commerce and trade in September 2016 to oversee the economic, community and workforce development initiatives of the state. Haymore previously served as secretary of agriculture and forestry, beginning in 2010, under both McAuliffe and Gov. Bob McDonnell.

Prior to being named secretary, Haymore served in a number of leadership posts in the private and public sectors, including commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services under Gov. Tim Kaine; executive at both Universal Leaf Tobacco Corporation and DIMON Inc., two of the world’s largest leaf tobacco dealers; and legislative assistant and communications director to former U.S. Rep. L.F. Payne.

Haymore received his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Richmond and his Master of Business Administration from VCU.

Commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Watch the ceremony online at www.vcu.edu. For more information about the ceremony, visit www.commencement.vcu.edu.

About VCU and VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 217 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Thirty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 11 schools and three colleges. The VCU Health brand represents the VCU health sciences academic programs, the VCU Massey Cancer Center and the VCU Health System, which comprises VCU Medical Center (the only academic medical center in the region), Community Memorial Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, MCV Physicians and Virginia Premier Health Plan. For more, please visit www.vcu.edu and vcuhealth.org.