Incline’s Sierra Nevada College welcomes Joel Kurtzman for Saturday graduation |

Incline’s Sierra Nevada College welcomes Joel Kurtzman for Saturday graduation

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. ” Sierra Nevada College is set to host their 39th annual commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday on Patterson Lawn at the Incline Village campus. Family, friends and community members are invited to celebrate the event’s with SNC’s graduates.

Senior art major Kenna Lincoln has been selected as class valedictorian.

President Robert Maxson said Lincoln, a graduate of South Lake Tahoe High School, is one of the shining stars of SNC’s graduating class and displays her personality as well as she does her knowledge in classwork.

“Kenna is one of the top three or four students on campus and really is an absolute leader on campus,” Maxson said.

Joel Kurtzman, Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute and Executive Director of SAVE, the Institute’s program on alternative energy and climate change, will serve as commencement speaker.

Kurtzman’s accomplishments include stints as business editor and columnist at The New York Times (where he specialized in international economics and covered the breakup of the Soviet Union); former editor of the Harvard Business Review and former member of the editorial board of Harvard Business School Publishing; columnist for Fortune Magazine; and international economist at the United Nations and World Bank (where he was deputy director of the UN’s Project on the Future).

While at the UN, Kurtzman was involved as a negotiator between India and the Union Carbide Corporation over the Bhopal disaster, efforts for which he was awarded India’s Indira Gandhi Prize.

He currently serves on the MIT Sloan Management Review editorial board.

Maxson said Kurtzman, who he knows personally, was selected by the students for his knowledge of business and many accomplishments.

“If you look at it, Joel is a real academic, and that’s why I think the students selected him,” Maxson said.

For a list of graduates and a re-cap of the day’s events, including pictures, be sure to check out Wednesday’s North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and on next week.

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