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Honorary Degrees

The West Virginia Board of Education, at its meeting of October 26-27, 1959, authorized Concord College* to award honorary degrees. The first honorary degrees were conferred on May 14, 1960, at the Inauguration of Joseph Franklin Marsh, Jr., as Thirteenth President of the College, with Dr. Phillip Mallory Conley of Charleston, West Virginia, receiving the first such degree awarded by the College.

*Concord College became Concord University on July 1, 2004

Number Date President First Name Middle Name Last Name Recipient Title Recipient Location Citation Degree Earned
1 Joseph Franklin Marsh Robert Kenneth Carr President, Oberlin College Oberlin, Ohio Doctor of Laws
2 Joseph Franklin Marsh Philip Mallory Conley President, Education Foundation of West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia Doctor of Laws
3 Joseph Franklin Marsh Cecil Harland Underwood Former Governor of West Virginia Huntington, West Virginia Doctor of Laws
4 Joseph Franklin Marsh Fred Berthold Professor of Religion, Dartmouth College Hanover, New Hampshire Doctor of Divinity
5 Joseph Franklin Marsh Elvis Jacob Stahr Former President of West Virginia University and Secretary of the ArmyPresident, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana Doctor of Laws
6 Joseph Franklin Marsh Harvey Mitchell Rice President Macalester College St. Paul, Minnesota Doctor of Laws
7 Joseph Franklin Marsh Huston Cummings Smith Professor of Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts Doctor of Letters
8 Joseph Franklin Marsh William Wallace Barron Former Governor of West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia Doctor of Laws
9 Joseph Franklin Marsh David Kirby Dean of Faculty, Emeritus, Concord College Athens, West Virginia Doctor of Humane Letters
10 Joseph Franklin Marsh Robert Edward Lee Strider President, Colby College Waterville, Maine Doctor of Laws
11 Joseph Franklin Marsh Brand Blandshard Sterling Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Yale University New Haven, Connecticut Doctor of Letters
12 Joseph Franklin Marsh Oliver Perry Chitwood Professor of History, Emeritus, West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia Doctor of Letters
13 Joseph Franklin Marsh Charles Hodel Former Chairman, West Virginia Centennial Commission Beckley, West Virginia Doctor of Laws
14 Joseph Franklin Marsh Edward McCrady Vice-Chancellor and President The University of the South Sewanee, Tennessee Doctor of Humane Letters
15 Joseph Franklin Marsh Charles Habib Malik Former President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, American University of Beirut Beirut, Lebanon Doctor of Humane Letters
16 Joseph Franklin Marsh Brooks Hays Former Congressman and Special Assistant to the President of the United States Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University New Brunswick, New Jersey Doctor of Humane Letters
17 Joseph Franklin Marsh Nannie Bee Core Hearn Alumna of Concord College Athens, West Virginia Bachelor of Education
18 Joseph Franklin Marsh George West Diehl Former President of Concord College Pastor, Old Oxford Presbyterian Church Lexington, Virginia Doctor of Laws
19 Joseph Franklin Marsh Ella Lively Holroyd Professor of Music, Emeritus, Concord College Athens, West Virginia Doctor of Music
20 Joseph Franklin Marsh Leonard Riggleman President, Emeritus, Morris Harvey College Charleston, West Virginia Doctor of Humane Letters
20 Joseph Franklin Marsh Leonard Riggleman President, Emeritus, Morris Harvey College Charleston, West Virginia Doctor of Humane Letters
21 Joseph Franklin Marsh William Francis Troy President, Wheeling College Wheeling, West Virginia Doctor of Divinity
22 Joseph Franklin Marsh Claude Clifford Dove Professor of Education, Emeritus, New Mexico State University University Park, New Mexico Doctor of Humane Letters
23 Joseph Franklin Marsh Harry Bruce Heflin Former President of Glenville State College Vice-President, West Virginia University Morgantown, West Virginia Doctor of Laws
24 Joseph Franklin Marsh Hulett Carlson Smith Governor of West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia Doctor of Laws
25 Joseph Franklin Marsh David Kell Allen Doctor of Humane Letters
26 Joseph Franklin Marsh Llord Harman Elliot Doctor of Laws
27 Joseph Franklin Marsh Stanley Hubert Martin Doctor of Laws
28 Joseph Franklin Marsh Ernest Elliott Church Doctor of Pedagogy
29 Joseph Franklin Marsh Harry Hill Doctor of Science