Committee Members 
  • Dr. Micheal Crafton - Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs (Chair)
  • Dr. Pauline Gagnon - College of Arts and Humanities
  • Dr. Scott Gordon - College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Dr. N. Jane McCandless - College of Social Sciences
  • Dr. Dianne Hoff - College of Education
  • Dr. Faye McIntyre - College of Business
  • Dr. Jenny Schuessler - School of Nursing
  • Ms. Lorene Flanders - Ingram Library
  • Dr. Janet Donohoe - Honors College
  • Dr. Gregory Payne - Biology and College of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Dr. Patrick Hadley - Mass Communications
  • Dr. Chad Davidson - English and Philosophy
  • Dr. Tamra Ogletree - Learning and Teaching

Policy on Honorary Degrees
Guidelines for Honorary Degrees
Honorary Doctorate Recipients
  • April 26, 2014 Mr. Steve Penley, nationally recognized artist
  • April 28, 2012 Mr. Bob Stone, founder of Systems and Methods
  • May 9, 2009 Dr. J. Willis Hurst, nationally recognized cardiologist, teacher, research, clinician, and writer – Emory School of Medicine
  • May 10, 2006 Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, Director of the National Cancer institute and Acting Commissioner of Food & Drugs, Food & Drug Administration
  • May 11, 2005 Mr. Richard H. Glanton, Sr. VP of Corporate Dev. for Exelon Corp. & 1968 alum
  • July 31, 2004 Mr. Dan Cathy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Chick-fil-A
  • August 3, 2002 Ms. Alice H. Richards, widow of the founder of Southwire, Roy Richards, Sr.
  • May 9, 2001 Dr. Richard Zare, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University
  • August 5, 2000 Dr. Nikki Giovanni, Poet & Civil Rights Activist and Professor of English at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • May 8, 1999 Mr. Mallard Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International
  • Aug. 15, 1998 Howard Hollis “Bo” Callaway (Callaway Gardens)
  • June 15, 1997 Dr. Julian C. Stanley, Director, Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, Johns Hopkins University
  • June 14, 1996 Mr. Roy Richards, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Southwire Company