Gallagher to address university's winter commencement Dec. 18 Thomas D. Gallagher, senior managing director of International Strategy and Investment Group (ISI) in Washington D.C., will deliver the commencement address during winter graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 18 in the DakotaDome. There will be approximately 450 candidates for graduation. Gallagher will also be presented an Alumni Achievement Award during the commencement festivities.
USD President James W. Abbott and Regent David Gienapp of Madison will confer the degrees. Faculty marshals will include USD Professors Bob Wood, Barb Yutrzenka, Diane Hoadley, Michael Hoadley, Curtis Olson, Clayton Lehmann, Bruce Smith, and Kurt Hackemer. Emeriti faculty Jan Ebersdorfer, Corinne Milburn and Allen Johnson will be honorary marshalls. Professor Mark Loder will perform the Alma Mater at commencement. Alumni Association Board member Mary Lynn Myers will deliver the alumni welcome to graduating students.
Gallagher runs ISI's Washington office, which analyzes the implication of global political developments for financial markets. Gallagher joined ISI, institutional brokerage firm specializing in economic and political research, in February 1999. Prior to that, he was a managing director at Lehman Brothers, where he headed the Equity Research office in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a political economist at Lehman Brothers for 13 years. Gallagher has been ranked on the Institutional Investor's All-Star Team for Washington research for the last seven years. He is a regular panelist on Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser.
Before moving to Wall Street, Gallagher worked in the federal government for eight years including serving as a senior staff member at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He has served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator George Mitchell of Maine. He handled tax, trade and other economic issues that came before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Earlier, he was an economist for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and an analyst in public finance for the Congressional Research Service.
Gallagher earned a bachelor of science degree in economics and political science from USD in 1976 and a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1978.