Throughout your distinguished career you have been a bold, brilliant and persuasive advocate for the liberal arts. In your roles as senior vice president and provost at Antioch University, president of Ohio Wesleyan University and president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, a position you have held since 1993, as well as in earlier positions at Yale University, you have been eloquently and passionately speaking about and speaking up for the education that we know will liberate our students from the confines of personal experience and inspire them to informed citizenship. College presidents across the nation count you among the staunchest defenders of our honored mission.
You have applied your considerable skills in leadership and management to such diverse bodies as the government of the City of New Haven, Connecticut; the National Campus Voter Registration Project; the New Haven Commission on Poverty, of which you were vice-chair; and the Ohio Ethics Commission, which you chaired. Other educational organizations benefiting from your skills include the NCAA Division III Presidential Commission, which you chaired; the North Coast Athletic Conference, of which you were president; the Ohio Five Colleges Commission; the Campus Compact National Executive Committee, on which you have served for twenty-one years; and the executive committee of the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, you have been a Fulbright Scholar, a Rockefeller Fellow, and a member of the American Association of Higher Education, Independent Colleges and Universities, of which you were secretary in 1987-88.
At President Sullivan’s inauguration in 1996, you said, “We must lift up the issues of free speech and academic freedom and declare that they are a precondition of a rich learning environment.” With gratitude for your devotion to learning, St. Lawrence awards the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.