Summer Quarter Commencement Held Aug. 24
Robert H. Brim, CEO and founder of Dealer Information Systems Corp., addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families at Western’s Summer Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 24, in Carver Gymnasium.
Approximately 327 undergraduates and about 50 master’s candidates received degrees.
Brim, a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Sciences and Technology, graduated from Western in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics. He also holds master’s degrees in Electronic Engineering Technology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and in Business Administration from the University of Washington. He is the founder and CEO of Dealer Information Systems, a Bellingham-based company that develops software systems for more than 2,300 heavy equipment dealerships in North America. Brim is also a consultant to small and emerging businesses in China, Vietnam, Canada and the U.S. He serves on the board of directors of the Mount Baker Theatre and as chairman of the College of Sciences and Technology External Advancement Board.
The ceremony’s student Commencement speaker was Kelsey L. Looper, a graduate in Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. Looper is completing an internship at The Boeing Co., leading a team of colleagues through projects focused on improving efficiency on the manufacturing floor. The daughter of Mark and Denise Looper of Sammamish, she is a graduate of Eastlake High School.
Following WWU tradition, graduates proceeded to the path in front of Old Main, where they passed through a corridor of faculty and deposit their Western identification cards in a box that is later cemented into Memory Walk.