Commencement 2018


Honorary Degree Recipients

Rao Anumolu - Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D)

Founder of ASR International Corporation

Mr. Rao Anumolu Subba, is the President & CEO of Long Island (New York) based ASR International Corporation. He obtained a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and also an MBA degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.

Mr. Rao Anumolu Subba has attended several Advanced Management Courses at Defense Systems Management College, Harvard University and Wharton School of Business Management. He is also an OPM graduate of Harvard Business School (HBS).

Mr. Rao Anumolu Subba is the only Asian Indian to have been cited by the US Congress for the contributions made by him and ASR International Corporation towards homeland security in USA. Mr. Anumoli is the recipient of the 2010 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This Medal recognized recipients for outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation and the world. It is the highest civilian award in the US for immigrants – for their contributions in the development of this country.

Mr. Rao Anumolu Subba has held senior management positions directing commercial and government programs that included major aerospace design and development projects.

Mr. Rao Anumolu Subba founded ASR International Corporation in 1986 in Long Island, NY.

ASR International Corporation is ISO 9001:2015 certified and assessed at SEO CMMI Level 3.

ASR is a world renowned high technology company providing Engineering, Information Technology, Training, Project Management, Logistics, and Supply Chain Quality Management Support Services to global Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

Brett Yormark – Doctor of Business (D.B.A)

Chief Executive Officer, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment

Brett Yormark oversees the business enterprise that manages and controls Barclays Center; the Brooklyn Nets; the New York Islanders business operations; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre; Webster Hall; and the Nets’ NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets. 

Yormark joined the Nets organization in 2005 and led the Nets move from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012. Later that year, he led the opening of Barclays Center and since then has had oversight for all facets of the venue, including operations, event programming, sales, and marketing. In 2013, Yormark was instrumental in securing the winning bid to renovate and operate the Coliseum on Long Island, which reopened on April 5, 2017 after extensive renovation. The 416,000 square-foot arena hosts world-class sports and entertainment events, including concerts, family shows, college sports, and Long Island Nets home games.

Barclays Center and the Coliseum have been named among the industry’s top venues worldwide in ticket sales by leading industry publications. Most recently, Pollstar’s 2017 Year End Rankings named Barclays Center as No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 5 worldwide for tickets sold, and the Coliseum as No. 20 in the U.S. and No. 42 worldwide. Billboard recognized Barclays Center as the country’s No. 3 highest grossing venue, and No. 5 worldwide, in the 15,001+ capacity space. The Coliseum was named the country’s highest grossing venue and No. 4 worldwide in the 10,001 -15,000 capacity space.

Under Yormark’s leadership, BSE has established platforms to secure robust programming for its venues. Through BROOKLYN BOXING, Barclays Center has hosted more than 230 bouts and 57 world title fights. In fortifying Barclays Center as the center of boxing in the country, Yormark was named to the Supreme Council of WBC, having brought professional championship boxing back to the borough for the first time since 1931.

In making Barclays Center and the Coliseum must-plays for college basketball, Yormark secured agreements that brought the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to Brooklyn in 2016, the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2017 and 2018, and the upcoming NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional in 2021. The venue hosted the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship for four consecutive years, which returns to the venue in 2019. The Coliseum is providing local teams with an opportunity to play on a bigger stage, with matchups including then No. 1 ranked Villanova and Hofstra, Maryland vs. Stony Brook, and a Metro Atlantic Coast Conference (MAAC) Tripleheader.

In addition to sports programming, Yormark oversees the BROOKLYN SHOW and LONG ISLAND SHOW platforms, which bring the hottest names in music to Barclays Center and the Coliseum, including JAY-Z, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney, Metallica and more. The BROOKLYN FAMILY and LONG ISLAND FAMILY platforms have hosted top shows, including Disney on Ice, Marvel Universe Live, Cirque Du Soleil, and the Harlem Globetrotters.

Yormark was recently honored with the Leadership Award by the Nassau County Firefighters Museum. He has been named the maximum three times to the “Forty Under 40” list by Sports Business Journal, was selected twice to the “40 Under 40” list by Crain’s New York Business and he has been profiled in Newsweek, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, Gotham, Hamptons, Success, The New York Times, and USA Today, and has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, FOX Business, and CNBC. Yormark previously worked for NASCAR for six years, where he helped build the stock-car racing company into a major sports property.

Yormark is a member of the Board of Advisory Directors for both the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. Yormark co-founded the BSE Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance and supports development initiatives and unique content opportunities for BSE venues. Yormark is also on the board of the City Parks Foundation, the TJ Martell Foundation, and NYC & Company.

Yormark is the proud father of Madison and Drake, and is married to Elaina Scotto.

Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen - Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D)

59th Superintendent
U.S. Military Academy, West Point

Lieutenant General Robert L. Caslen, Jr. became the 59th Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on July 17, 2013.

LTG Caslen graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975. He earned master’s degrees from Long Island University and Kansas State University.

Previous to this assignment, LTG Caslen served as the Chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.

LTG Caslen’s prior deployments and assignments include serving as the commander of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, KS., the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers, and training programs located throughout the United States; commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and commanding general of the Multi-National Division-North during Operation Iraqi Freedom; Commandant of Cadets for the U.S. Military Academy; Deputy Director for the War on Terrorism, J-5, The Joint Staff; Assistant Division Commander (maneuver), 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized); Chief of Staff, 10th Mountain Division (Light); Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force Mountain during Operation Enduring Freedom; Commander, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Chief of Staff, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Senior Brigade C2 Observer/Controller, Operations Group, Joint Readiness Training Center; Commander, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division (Light); Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander in Haiti during Operation Uphold Democracy; J-3 in Honduras for Joint Task Force Bravo; Brigade Operations Officer, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Executive Officer, 2nd Battalion, 187th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

LTG Caslen’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He has earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, and is Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger qualified.

LTG Caslen is married with three adult children and four grandchildren.

LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Since its founding in 1926, LIU has provided high quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty.  LIU offers 500 accredited programs to more than 20,000 students and has a network of over 200,000 alumni that includes leaders in industries across the globe. Visit for more information.