Honorary Degree Committee


Implements policy and procedures to invite outstanding individuals to serve as visiting professors. It also implements policy and procedures by which the university confers honorary degrees. Meetings: as needed. Terms: 2 years. Appointees: 5 of the 8 members.

  • Membership

    Position and Term Length




    Lorin Basden Arnold


    University Senate President (2 years)

    Lisa Frye, Chair


    University Senate Vice President (2 years)

    Cara Cotellese


    University Senate Secretary (1 year)

    Julia Hovanec


    * Indefinite Term of Office
    ^ Based on University Senate term

  • Mission & Bylaws
  • Meeting Times

    Meeting times TBA.

  • Agenda & Minutes

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  • Nomination Process


    The honorary degree may be awarded to recognize distinguished contributions in the service to humanity, scholarship, government, business, creativity, science, or the community.


    1. Nominations shall be accepted on a nomination form (see attached) from any member of the University community.
    2. Nominations shall be sent to the chair of the Honorary Degree Committee by November 1.
    3. The committee shall thoroughly evaluate each nominee in relationship to the approved guidelines (criteria). The name(s) of the selected candidate(s) shall be submitted to the Executive Committee of the University Senate.
    4. Name(s) approved by the Senate Executive Committee shall be forwarded to the University President and announced to the University Senate at an appropriate time.
    5. The University President shall submit the name(s) of the recommended candidate(s) to the Council of Trustees for approval and submission to the Board of Governors.

    Honorary Degree Nomination Form

    Honorary Degree Nomination Form-Fillable

For more information please contact:

University Senate

Email: senate@kutztown.edu

Phone: 610.683.4856

Union Committee Representative: To be considered for a committee union position please contact a union representative.

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