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Wiley earns honorary doctorate, delivers Franklin University commencement keynote

Written on Jan 7, 2024

By Suzanne Perry, CAE, OSCPA director of strategic communication

Scott Wiley Franklin University KeynoteOSCPA President & CEO Scott Wiley, CAE, received an honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership and delivered the keynote address on Jan. 7th at Franklin University’s 175th commencement.

The honor comes in recognition of Wiley’s commitment to addressing the needs of an evolving workforce and rapidly changing business environment. Mindful of America’s changing demographics, Wiley has prioritized building a diverse and inclusive CPA pipeline in Ohio and beyondOSCPA has one of the nation’s largest future CPA talent pools. He has also spearheaded efforts to partner with academia, nonprofits, businesses, and other key stakeholders to create one of the country's most comprehensive accounting workforce development initiatives. 

Wiley’s honorary doctorate holds profound personal significance for him as a first-generation college graduate. “Franklin University’s commitment to making college affordable and accessible for all is something that truly resonates with me, especially given my own academic journey,” said Wiley. “I am particularly honored by this recognition and am proud to have my name affiliated with such a forward-thinking university.”

In his keynote remarks, Wiley told the 500+ graduates to live by the three C’s that have served as guiding principles throughout his professional career: be curious; be courageous; and be compassionate. 

“Curiosity is the fuel of learning the spark of creativity, and the source of innovation,” said Wiley. “Courage empowers you to have influence, to lead by example, and to inspire others. Compassion connects you with others, builds trust and respect, and fosters collaboration and cooperation.”

Wiley concluded his remarks by reminding the graduates that they have a responsibility to use their education, skills, and talent for the greater good. “As my hero and late civil rights icon, John Lewis said, ‘Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.’”

Click here to read Wiley’s full speech.

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