(North Canton, OH – May 16, 2019) – Stark State College is set to graduate 665 students at its spring commencement Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
The College will hand out 744 associate degrees in business, education, engineering technologies, health, human and public services, information technology, liberal arts, mathematics and sciences.
The commencement speaker will be Gary Gerstenslager, president and chief executive officer of Hendrickson, headquartered in Woodridge, Ill. He has complete responsibility for managing the Hendrickson business on a global basis.
Gerstenslager, who received an associate of applied science degree in electronic engineering technology from Stark State in 1976, previously served as chief operating officer of Hendrickson and vice president and general manager of Hendrickson trailer. He joined the company in 1989 and transformed the trailer division into a world-class manufacturer of fabricated, machined and assembled systems. In 1996, he was named director of manufacturing engineering for the trailer division and in 1998 became director of operations.
Prior to joining Hendrickson, Gerstenslager worked for Babcox & Wilcox in Barberton.
His speech will be “Building Your Career Foundation.”