2016 Commencement Speaker

Rafael Moreno Valle

Governor Rafael Moreno Valle '91

Rafael Moreno Valle, the 38th governor of the Mexican state of Puebla, will deliver the keynote address at Lycoming’s 168th commencement on May 7.

Moreno Valle graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1991 and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He earned his Juris Doctor from Boston University in 1994 and an MBA from the Harvard University Extension School in 1995.

Elected in 2010 for a six-year term, Moreno Valle ran on a platform of making improvements to Puebla’s health care system and infrastructure, expanding the state’s social programs, and strengthening its educational system by improving literacy and school performance at primary and secondary levels. His administration also successfully attracted foreign investment to Puebla, including a $1.3 billion investment from Audi to build the German automaker’s first production facility in the Americas.

“Governor Moreno Valle’s dedication and commitment to the citizens of his state have made him one of the most influential political figures in Mexico,” said Lycoming College President Kent C. Trachte. “His goal of improving the quality of life for the residents of Puebla exemplifies the ubiquitous spirit of service found across the Lycoming College family.”

Moreno Valle’s election as governor of Puebla was historic. As the candidate of a coalition known as Compromiso por Puebla, he was the first governor in 78 years not affiliated with the ruling Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

Moreno Valle began his career at the Dresdner Kleinwort Benson Bank where he served as assistant treasurer and vice president. In 1999, he was appointed Secretary of Finance and Social Development of the state of Puebla. In 2004, Moreno Valle was elected to the State Congress and served in the presiding role. From 2006 to 2010, he represented Puebla in the Senate of the Republic, chairing the Foreign Relations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations and serving as vice-chair of the National Defense Committee.

Moreno Valle returned to Lycoming College in 2013 to discuss the challenges and successes of public service as the James W. Harding Executive Speaker.