SPEAKERS & HONOREES

Undergraduate Commencement

Joe Moglia

Chairman of the Board, TD Ameritrade
Coastal Carolina University Head Football Coach

Joe Moglia is the chairman of the board at TD Ameritrade and head football coach and chair of athletics at Coastal Carolina University.

This season marks Moglia’s 22nd as a football coach, but it has not been a traditional 22 years. He first coached for 16 years, moved to the business world for more than 20, and returned to coaching where he led several championship seasons, beginning in 2009. 

In 1984 Moglia entered the MBA Training Program at Merrill Lynch, the only football coach to join 25 MBA graduates. By 1988, he was Merrill Lynch’s No. 1 producer in the world. He ultimately had responsibility for Global Fixed Income Institutional Sales, the Municipal Division, Investment Products, the Insurance Company, the 401(k) Business, and Middle Market Business. He also served on the Executive Committee for both the Institutional and Private Client businesses. 

Moglia became the CEO of TD Ameritrade in 2001. Over the next seven years, shareholders enjoyed a 500 percent return on investment, as the firm grew its market cap from $700 million to $10 billion, and client assets reached $280 billion. In 2008, after the firm’s sixth consecutive year of record earnings, Moglia stepped down as CEO and became chairman of the board. He also decided to pursue his love of coaching once again.

Over the last eight seasons, Moglia has been part of six championship teams. In his first two seasons at Coastal, he led his team to two conference championships and two national playoff berths. He earned Conference Coach of the Year honors, and was twice named a finalist for National Coach of the Year.

Moglia has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Sharp Trophy for Leadership, as well as honors from the National Italian American Foundation, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, and the American Institute for Stuttering.  He has been inducted into three Halls of Fame and holds two honorary doctorate degrees. He is also the only author to have published books on both investing and football.

Moglia holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Fordham University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Delaware.


Graduate Commencement

Linda Zecher

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Linda K. Zecher joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in September 2011 as president, chief executive officer and director, bringing with her a strong track record of business transformation and results.  Her extensive sales, marketing and technology experience contribute to her ability to successfully lead HMH’s transformation into a global leader in educational content and media.

Previously, Ms. Zecher served as corporate vice president of Microsoft’s $8 billion Worldwide Public Sector organization.  She led a team of nearly 2000 sales and marketing professionals serving government, education and healthcare in more than 100 countries.  Under her leadership, this sector delivered eight years of consistent growth and received the Microsoft Industry of the Year Award for three consecutive years.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Ms. Zecher held leadership positions with Texas Instruments, Bank of America, PeopleSoft, Oracle and Evolve Corp.  In each role, she led major change.  At PeopleSoft she helped develop sales and marketing capabilities which contributed to revenue growth from $500,000 to over $35 million in three years, resulting in a successful IPO.  As CEO of Evolve she managed changes leading to the company’s acquisition.

Ms. Zecher has served on numerous boards including the Intelligence National Security Association (INSA), U.S. State Department’s Board for Overseas Schools and the James Madison University’s Board of Visitors.   She currently serves on the board of nonprofit Cradles to Crayons.

Ms. Zecher holds a bachelor of science degree in earth science education from Ohio State University.