Former Harris Corp. CEO Farmer to Speak at Florida Tech Commencement
MELBOURNE, FLA. — The Charles and Ruth Clemente Center is the site of Florida Tech’s fall commencement ceremonies on Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. Highlighting the
event will be Phillip W. Farmer, retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris Corporation, who will deliver the commencement address.
Farmer serves on the board of two not-for-profit organizations in Melbourne. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees and chairman of the Executive
Committee of Florida Institute of Technology, where he also serves as the chairman of the Golden Anniversary Capital Campaign. He is also a member of the
Board of Directors of the King Center for the Performing Arts.
Farmer is also a member of the Board of directors of Vulcan Materials Company and three of its board committees. These are audit, governance and
succession, and finance and pension.
His career at Harris spanned more than 21 years, which followed 21 years of leadership at General Electric Company. He is a 1960 graduate of Duke
University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
He has been married to Jeanne since 1962. The couple has three grown children — two sons and a daughter — and six grandchildren.
At the ceremony, two bachelor’s degree graduates will receive the Faculty Honors Award for maintaining a 4.0 (perfect) grade point average. They are Andrea
Cross, a marine biology major from Maple Grove, Minn., and Elizabeth Spinney from Norfolk, Mass.
About 275 students will receive their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees at fall commencement in Melbourne. Florida Tech will also confer
approximately 215 more degrees through its University Alliance online programs and University College Extended Studies Division, which has 10 sites
throughout the United States and a virtual campus.