WSU Announces Honorary Degree Recipients
Tuesday, December 04, 2001
OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's Board of Trustees has selected three individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees at the university's 118th commencement Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.
The recipients are: Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. of Ogden, Helen J. James of Nebraska City, Nebraska, and John P. Kotter of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
EZEKIEL R. DUMKE, JR.
Dumke has been a longtime supporter of Weber State University. His gifts to the university have included the Goddard School of Business, the College of Arts and Humanities and the new Ethel Wattis Kimball Visual Arts Center. Dumke, along with his brother Ed, sister Martha Healy and the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation recently donated $5 million to the Dr. Ezekiel R. Dumke College of Health Professions. After serving in the Navy in the South Pacific, Dumke attended Weber College in 1946 before completing his bachelor's degree in banking and finance at the University of Utah. He actively promotes Utah tourism and serves on many community boards including the University of Utah Hospital, the Utah Symphony and Ballet West.
HELEN J. JAMES
James, the first female faculty member in the College of Sciences, taught chemistry for 29 years at WSU. She received her bachelor's degree and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the co-author of the lab manual WSU chemistry students have used for 20 years. In 1984 she established the Chemistry Faculty Scholarship at WSU, an endowment fund she donates to annually. James served as interim dean of the College of Science and chair of the chemistry department. She was Presidential Distinguished Professor and received the university's H. Aldous Dixon Award, Lowe Teaching Award and the Spencer L. Seager Science Teaching Award. James resides in Nebraska following her retirement last year.
JOHN P. KOTTER
Kotter, who will deliver the commencement address, is highly regarded as a speaker on leadership and change. Kotter, the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School retired, is the author of eight business books that have been translated into 70 languages. A graduate of MIT and Harvard, he was awarded tenure and full professorship at the Harvard School of Business at age 33 – one of the youngest people in that university's history to be so honored. His educational articles in the Harvard Business Review attract the most requests for reprints of any author's work in the past 25 years. He has also created two executive videos on leadership and corporate culture.
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