Roy Terracina to receive Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters

For his many years of distinguished service to OLLU, Board Chair Emeritus Roy Terracina will receive an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Since joining the Board of Trustees in 2006, Terracina has helped strengthen and position the university for innovation and growth. His strong advocacy for online education and a return to intercollegiate athletics have yielded remarkable results.

Together, online learners and student-athletes represent 44.7 percent of OLLU’s enrollment.

“Roy has been a strong and instrumental leader in the growth of the university,” said President Diane Melby, EdD. “We are grateful for his service and proud to give him this Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.”

An accomplished businessman, Terracina has served as President of Sterling Foods, Vice Chairman of U.S. Global Investors and CEO of Sunshine Ventures. He recently became CEO of Sonar Co., which offers technology solutions based on sound.

Growing up in an impoverished neighborhood in Chicago, Terracina struggled in high school. He excelled in boxing but didn’t like to study, graduating 254th in a class of 269 students. Motivated by peers whom he admired, Terracina became a first generation college student and earned two degrees from Marquette University.    

He has used his personal and business experiences to mentor OLLU students. Through his guidance, many have secured internships and jobs.

Inspiring students is one highlight of Terracina’s OLLU tenure. A second is receiving the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

“It feels wonderful,” he said. “Coming from my neighborhood and being the first in my family to finish high school, much less college, this is beyond my wildest dreams.”