January 12, 2011
(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Jan. 12, 2011) – The State University of New York Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at its regularly scheduled meeting held at the SUNY Global Center in New York City, unanimously approved a resolution granting three of the world’s leading educators and advocates for open and adult learning the degree of Doctor of Letters and Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, as part of the 40th anniversary celebration of SUNY Empire State College.
Sir John Daniel, president and chief executive officer of the Commonwealth of Learning; Dr. Joseph Moore, president of Lesley University and former president of SUNY Empire State College; and Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, senior vice president of programs and services for the American Council on Education and former president of Suffolk County Community College, one of SUNY’s 30 community colleges, will have their degrees conferred at SUNY Empire State College graduation ceremonies this spring.
“Sir John Daniel, Dr. Joseph Moore and Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins are tireless advocates for under-represented populations, innovative educators, dedicated administrators and outstanding leaders,” said SUNY Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “The 40th anniversary of Empire State College is the most appropriate occasion to honor the contributions they have made to Empire State College, to SUNY and to higher education around the world.”
“Courageous, innovative, persistent and effective are among the attributes that make Sir John Daniel, Dr. Joseph Moore and Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins nationally and internationally recognized leaders in public higher education,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “During its 40th anniversary, all of Empire State College – its students, faculty, staff and alumni – can take pride in the contributions of these three people who have helped to better educate those who might have otherwise not entered or completed college.”
“2011 is the college’s 40th anniversary and a key aspect of the celebrations will be the awarding of honorary degrees to Sir John Daniel, Dr. Joseph Moore and Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins, three outstanding leaders in higher education who, directly and indirectly, have supported this college through their work in open learning, and who have contributed immensely to SUNY as a whole,” said SUNY Empire State College President Alan R. Davis.
“Receiving an honorary degree from the State University of New York is deeply gratifying, especially through Empire State College, which I have admired since its inception,” said Sir John Daniel. “My sincerest appreciation goes to the SUNY Board of Trustees, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, President Alan Davis and the Empire State College community for this high honor.”
"I am honored by the support of the SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and humbled by the recommendation of President Alan Davis and the Empire State College community," said President Moore. "Empire State College is a unique, mission-driven institution and I deeply value any continuing association with the college, its faculty and staff, and its remarkable alumni and adult students."
“I am honored by the recommendation of Empire State College, the support of Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and the decision by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York to recognize my life’s work by bestowing an honorary doctorate,” said Senior Vice President Pippins. “Education has been a central part of my life and a powerful legacy within my family. I am particularly proud that this honor comes through Empire State College; I believe so deeply in their work and mission.”
The honorary doctorate degree is the highest form of recognition offered by SUNY to persons of exceptional distinction.
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) honoris causa.
In 1994, Sir John Daniel was knighted by her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, for services to education, recognizing the achievements of his long and distinguished career as an academic and administrator in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Prior to his current position at the Commonwealth of Learning, he held senior positions at universities in Canada and the U.K. as well as serving as assistant director-general for education at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honors, Metallurgy) and a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University. He earned his Docteur ès-Sciences Physiques (mention: Très honorable) from the Université de Paris, a Master of Arts (Educational Technology) from Concordia University; and a diploma in theology, A.Th. from Thorneloe University, as well as numerous honorary doctorates and awards and other honors.
Daniel is an internationally recognized authority on distance education technology. Among more than 300 publications, he has authored the books “Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education” and “Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All.”
“These books and journal articles are the mainstays of technological innovation in higher education today,” said Davis. “As a leader in open learning for several decades, Sir John's work has had direct impact on the evolution of SUNY Empire State College by informing the college’s approaches to achieving its mission, especially through distance education.”
Davis added, “The very existence and success of SUNY Empire State College as an international leader in open learning has been significantly enhanced by the dedication and perseverance of Sir John.”
Daniel will deliver the Boyer Family Lecture at the college’ s annual All College Conference on March 23, in part because of his long friendship with the college and with its creator, former SUNY Chancellor and United States Commissioner of Education Dr. Ernest L. Boyer.
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) honoris causa.
“As president of SUNY Empire State College, Joe Moore made contributions to the State University of New York system through his leadership role, policy creation and implementation, teacher education initiatives and adult education advocacy,” said Davis. “ For his role in expanding higher education across geographic and social-economic boundaries, for his tireless advocacy of higher education policy and for his commitment to teacher education, he is most deserving of this high honor.”
Moore served as president of SUNY Empire State College from July 2000 through July 2007. He is currently in his fourth year as president of Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.
Moore is a proponent of lifelong learning and encouraged and supported faculty and staff professional development throughout his tenure at Empire State College. He also led efforts to diversify the college's work force and student body, to integrate technology into adult learning and to extend postsecondary access to underserved adults throughout New York state. He sought greater recognition for the adult learner in both federal and state education and finance policies.
Prior to his tenure at Empire State College, Moore served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and spent many years in Vermont higher education, including seven years as director of planning and academic affairs in the Chancellor's Office of the Vermont State Colleges. Previously he had been a department chairman and faculty member.
Moore has served for many years on the board of the national nonprofit, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, located in Chicago, including two years as chairman of that board. He began his educational career as a high school English teacher, and has a B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Vermont.
Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
Through her highly visible positions of national educational leadership, Dr. Pippins promotes two of Empire State College’s core values: lifelong learning and the empowerment of individuals and communities through higher education,” said Davis. “In addition to her extraordinary academic and professional achievements, Dr. Pippins has long engaged in vigorous volunteerism, lending her keen intellect and sage advice to a variety of causes that include, among many, the National Council on Black American Affairs, the National Organization for Women, the American Association of Community Colleges and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.”
As senior vice president for programs and services at ACE, Shirley Robinson Pippins leads a division that includes the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity, Institutional Services, Office of Women in Higher Education, The Spectrum Initiative, Center for Effective Leadership Center for Lifelong Learning, Corporate Programs, Military Programs and the GED® Testing Service.
Pippins came to ACE in 2009 from Suffolk County Community College in New York where she served as president of the two-year, multi-campus institution since 2003—the first woman and the first African American to lead the institution in its history. Pippins is a board member of the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Writing Project and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. She is a previous member of the executive committee of the board of the American Association of Community Colleges and serves on ACE's Commission on Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity. Pippins is a past chair of ACE's Commission on Women in Higher Education.
Prior to Suffolk County Community College, Pippins served for eight years as president of Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, VA. She also has held senior leadership positions at Westchester Community College.
Pippins earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University and has completed studies at Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management. She holds master's degrees from the University of Illinois; Teachers College, Columbia University; and Manhattanville College in New York. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, where she graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies.
Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 34 locations in New York state and online. College alumni, more than 60,000 strong, engage in the life of the college and advocate for its needs to advance the mission of the institution.
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