2017 Commencement Speaker
This year’s Commencement Speaker is Robert Kenyon (Class of 1996), Biogen’s Vice President of North American Manufacturing Operations. He will also be presented the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Kenyon enrolled in MCC’s innovative Biotechnology Technician Program as part of a
federal program for dislocated defense workers. In October 1994, at the conclusion
of the six-month program, he was placed in an internship on the manufacturing floor
“Middlesex really set me up well,” he said. “I was in school learning concepts about the business in the classrooms and in the labs, and then going to work at night and seeing it all in practice. I really took to manufacturing – this intersection of biology and engineering.”
As Vice President of North American Manufacturing Operations, Kenyon oversees drug
manufacturing, drug product manufacturing, North American external manufacturing, and North American facilities for the company.
Kenyon serves on the board of the Biogen Foundation and on the executive committee
and board of directors of the North Carolina Biosciences Organization. He is a member
of MCC’s Biotechnology Advisory Board,
the Parenteral Drug Association, and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers.
A New Hampshire native, Kenyon now lives in North Carolina with his wife and two dogs.