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UK to Give Honorary Doctorates to University of Michigan President, U.S. Ambassador, and Hindman Settlement School Executive Director

By Ralph Derickson

 

The honorary doctorates will be presented at UK’s 136th Commencement set for Saturday, May 10 to:

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Mary Sue Coleman

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William S. Farish III

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Michael Lee Mullins

 

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Davy Jones, professor in the UK Graduate Center for Toxicology, new member of the Board of Trustees

Feb. 25, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved honorary doctorates for the president of the University of Michigan, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and the executive director of the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Ky.

The honorary doctorates will be presented at UK’s 136th Commencement set for Saturday, May 10. The honorary doctorate recipients are:

  • Mary Sue Coleman, a former member of UK’s faculty who was recently installed as the 13th president of the University of Michigan. A native of Madison County, Ky., Coleman previously served seven years as president of the University of Iowa. A graduate of Grinnell College with a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of North Carolina, Coleman was a professor in the UK Department of Biochemistry for 19 years. She also served as an assistant director for administration for the UK Markey Cancer Center, where her research focused on the immune system and malignancies. She will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science degree.|
  • William S. Farish III, who was named U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James, United Kingdom, in July 2001. Farish is the owner of Lane’s End Farm, a 2,000-acre commercial thoroughbred breeding facility near Versailles. He is also a former chair of the board of Churchill Downs. Ambassador Farish is a longtime UK supporter. He helped establish UK’s Markey Cancer Center, contributed to the athletics and general funds, and served as chair of the private giving campaign for the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center located on Nicholasville Road. Ambassador Farish will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
  • Michael Lee Mullins, who has served for more than 25 years as executive director of the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Ky., and has helped implement some $20 million in community projects through the Knott County Community Development Initiative. A native of Hi Hat, Ky., Mullins was educated at Berea College and the University of Cincinnati. At the internationally known Hindman Settlement School, Mullins has developed the East Kentucky Tutorial Program for children with dyslexic characteristics, the Adult Learning Center that coordinates tutorial and testing services for adult basic education, and the Eastern Kentucky Teachers Network, an organization of 85 teachers who use the innovative Foxfire teaching approach. Mullins will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

Davy Jones, a professor in the UK Graduate Center for Toxicology, was sworn in as a new member of the Board of Trustees and attended his first meeting.

President Lee T. Todd Jr. recognized the appointment of Mark W. Summers as the holder of the Thomas D. Clark Endowed Professorship in American History, effective March 1. The professorship honors Thomas D. Clark, 99, former longtime professor and chair of the UK history department and Kentucky's Commonwealth historian laureate.

Clark attended the meeting and thanked the board and the administration for their strong sign of commitment to UK's history department. Clark said, "In my nearly 75 years of being associated with this institution, this is one of the happiest moments I've realized."

  • In other action, the Board of Trustees:
    Approved the appointment of Devanthan Sudharshan as dean of the Carol Martin Gatton College of Business and Economics.
  • Approved the appointment of Phyllis P. Nash as chief of staff to President Lee T. Todd Jr. Nash holds joint appointments as professor in the departments of behavioral science and surgery in the College of Medicine.
  • Established a Center for Research on Violence Against Women.
  • Established a quasi-endowment scholarship fund with the sale of the former Pin Oak Farm mansion in Woodford County. The 35.58 acres and the mansion were sold for $2.1 million in sealed bidding.

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