March 19, 2009
Vol. 28 No. 12

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    President Emeritus Don Randel to receive honorary degree Friday

    By Steve Koppes
    News Office

    Photo by Lloyd DeGrane

    President Emeritus Don Randel poses with his portrait, painted by artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, during a recent reception in his honor. Kinstler, who has painted six U.S. presidents, also painted the portrait of President Emeritus of the University Edward Levi. The portrait will hang among the other paintings of former University presidents in Hutchinson Commons. Randel will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the 497th Convocation on Friday, March 20.

    President Emeritus Don Randel will receive an honorary degree, the Doctor of Humane Letters, during the 497th Winter Convocation at 3 p.m. Friday, March 20 in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

    Randel served as the University’s 12th president from 2000 to 2006. A musicologist and editor of the Harvard Dictionary of Music, Randel will be cited for bridging “the two cultures” of the humanities and sciences, being as much at home with the arts as with the future of nuclear energy.

    The citation also will laud Randel as “an inspiring teacher and brilliant speaker,” and will list the hallmarks of his administration, including community outreach, advocating for Chicago Public Schools, the launch of the Collegiate Scholars Program, defining a new relationship with Argonne National Laboratory and implementing major campus capital improvements.

    The honorary degree presentation by Provost Thomas Rosenbaum, the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor in Physics, the James Franck Institute and the College, will include a special musical interlude, Registro baixo de 1º tom, by Sebastian Aguilera de Heredia (c. 1565-after 1620).