Denise Turner Roth, the 21st Senate-confirmed administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), will deliver the address to the Class of 2016 at UNCG’s Spring Commencement.
The ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. UNCG will award approximately 2,466 earned degrees and two honorary degrees.
Roth, who previously served as Greensboro’s city manager, arrived at GSA in March of 2014 as deputy administrator and assumed the role of administrator in August of 2015.
As administrator, Roth leads the GSA’s efforts in delivering the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services. GSA provides workspace to more than 1 million federal civilian workers, oversees the preservation of more than 480 historic buildings and facilitates the federal government’s purchase of goods and services from commercial vendors.
Roth’s dedication to public service began on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Jim Moran. Later, she served as a special assistant for legislative affairs in the office of District of Columbia Mayor Anthony Williams and as the public space manager for the District’s Department of Transportation, overseeing a $36 million revenue stream and managing public space access for major utility and telecommunication companies.
As the city manager for the City of Greensboro from 2012 to 2014, her leadership helped pave the way for several creative management changes in the city, including the reorganization of city departments and divisions to promote efficiency and improve service delivery.
In her capacity as vice president for governmental affairs at the Greensboro Partnership, Roth successfully advocated for $60 million in state funds to establish UNCG and NC A&T State’s Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN).
Additionally, Roth served on the UNCG Board of Visitors from 2008 to 2011.
During her career, she has received a variety of accolades, most recently being named one of the District’s “Top 50 Women in Tech” by FedScoop for her use of technology as a force multiplier to push government and industry to the next level.
Roth received her bachelor’s degree in government and politics from George Mason University, which also awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2015. She is a graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy at UNC Chapel Hill.