Southfield, Michigan – Anthony Earley Jr., chairman and CEO of DTE Energy, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the address when Lawrence Technological University holds its 78th commencement on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at Cobo Arena in Detroit.
Lawrence Tech will confer degrees on more than 980 new graduates. Earley will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Administration.
DTE Energy has more than 10,000 employees and owns Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, and Michigan Consolidated Gas Company (MichCon), a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers. DTE Energy also owns several nationwide non-utility companies engaged in providing energy services to large industrial customers, the transportation and storage of fuels such as natural gas and coal, energy trading, and the development of unconventional gas resources from such sources as shale formations and biomass facilities.
Earley has championed DTE’s explorations in new energy technologies, including its hydrogen technology park in Southfield that opened in 2004 as the first, largest, and most comprehensive facility of its type in the world. The facility has provided unique research opportunities for Lawrence Tech students.
He chairs the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association of investor utilities. In this role he is involved in the development of national policies on energy, the environment, and climate change issues. As a former chair of the Nuclear Energy Institute, he has played an active role in revitalizing the nuclear industry in the United States.
Earley was president and chief operating officer of the Long Island (NY) Lighting Co. before taking the same positions at Detroit Edison in 1994. He became chairman and CEO of DTE Energy in 1998.
He earned degrees in physics, engineering and law from the University of Notre Dame, and served as a chief engineer officer in the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine program during the Vietnam War.
Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.