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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

Date President Full Name Recipient Title Recipient Location Citation Degree Earned
1960 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Philip
Mallory
Conley
President,
Education Foundation
of West Virginia
Charleston,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1960 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Robert
Kenneth
Carr
President,
Oberlin College
Oberlin,
Ohio
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1960 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Cecil
Harland
Underwood
Former Governor of West Virginia Huntington,
West Virginia
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1960 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Fred
Berthold
Professor of Religion,
Dartmouth College
Hanover,
New Hampshire
View Doctor of Divinity
1960 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Elvis
Jacob
Stahr
Former President of
West Virginia University
and Secretary of the Army

President, Indiana University

Bloomington,
Indiana
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1961 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Harvey
Mitchell
Rice
President,
Macalester College
St. Paul,
Minnesota
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1961 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Huston
Cummings
Smith
Professor of Philosophy,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge,
Massachusetts
View Doctor of Letters
1961 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
William
Wallace
Barron
Former Governor of West Virginia Charleston,
West Virginia
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1961 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
David
Kirby
Dean of Faculty,
Emeritus, Concord College
Athens,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1961 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Robert
Edward Lee
Strider
President,
Colby College
Waterville,
Maine
View Doctor of Laws
1962 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Brand
Blandshard
Sterling Professor of Philosophy,
Emeritus, Yale University
New Haven,
Connecticut
View Doctor of Letters
1962 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Oliver
Perry
Chitwood
Professor of History,
Emeritus, West Virginia University
Morgantown,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Letters
1962 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Charles
Hodel
Former Chairman,
West Virginia Centennial Commission
Beckley,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1962 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Edward
McCrady
Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of the South
Sewanee,
Tennessee
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1963 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
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1963 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
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1963 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Nannie
Bee Core
Hearn
Alumna of Concord College Athens,
West Virginia
View Bachelor of Education
1964 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
George
West
Diehl
Former President of Concord College

Pastor,
Old Oxford Presbyterian Church

Lexington,
Virginia
View Doctor of Laws
1964 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Ella
Lively
Holroyd
Professor of Music,
Emeritus, Concord College
Athens,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Music
1964 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Leonard
Riggleman
President,
Emeritus, Morris Harvey College
Charleston,
West Virginia
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1965 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
William
Francis
Troy
President,
Wheeling College
Wheeling,
West Virginia
View Doctor of Divinity
1965 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Claude
Clifford
Dove
Professor of Education,
Emeritus, New Mexico State University
University Park,
New Mexico
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1965 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Harry
Bruce
Heflin
Former President of Glenville State College

Vice-President, West Virginia University

Morgantown,
West Virginia
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1965 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Hulett
Carlson
Smith
Governor of West Virginia Charleston,
West Virginia
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1966 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
David
Kell
Allen
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1966 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Llord
Harman
Elliot
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1967 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Stanley
Hubert
Martin
View Doctor of Laws
1967 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Ernest
Elliott
Church
View Doctor of Pedagogy
1967 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Harry
Hill
View Doctor of Science
1967 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Felix
Edward
Repetto
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1967 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
James
Stanley
Smithson
View Doctor of Science
1967 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Festus
Paul
Summers
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1967 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
William
Pearson
Tolley
View Doctor of Laws
1968 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Wilburn
Camrock
Campbell
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1968 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Theodore
Davidge
Lockwood
Doctor of Humane Letters
1968 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Harold
Clark
Martin
View Doctor of Letters
1968 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Stewart
Harold
Smith
View Doctor of Laws
1969 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Arch
Alfred
Moore
View Doctor of Laws
1970 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Gordon
Elmer
Hermanson
View Doctor of Laws
1970 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
George
Wayman
Bryson
View Doctor of Humane Letters
1970 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Daniel
Hale
View Doctor of Science
1970 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Alexander
Marrs
Harman
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1970 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
William
James Lord
Wallace
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1971 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Perry
Epler
Gresham
View Doctor of Humanities
1971 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
John
Grove
Barker
Doctor of Pedagogy
1971 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Edward
Sagendorph
Mason
View Doctor of Laws
1972 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Charles
Lee
Harman
View Doctor of Humanities
1972 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
Walter
Ray
Cooke
View Doctor of Pedagogy
1972 Joseph
Franklin
Marsh
John
Sloan
Dickey
View Doctor of Laws
1987 Jerry L.
Beasley
Queen
Sirikit
Queen Thailand View Doctor of Humane Letters
1999 Jerry L.
Beasley
Arnold G.
Porterfield
View Bachelor of Arts
2003 Jerry L.
Beasley
James
H. "Buck"
Harless
View Doctor of Business Administration
2006 Jerry L.
Beasley
Roland P.
Sharp
View Doctor of Humanitarian Service
2006 Jerry L.
Beasley
Wayne W.
Meisel
View Doctor of Business Administration
2006 Jerry L.
Beasley
Ruby
Anderson
Carter
View Doctor of Education
2007 Jerry L.
Beasley
Gaston
Caperton
View Doctor of Humanitarian Service
2008 President Emeritus
Joseph Franklin Marsh
Jean
Dressler
Beasley
View Doctor of Humanitarian Service
2010 Gregory F.
Aloia
M. L.
Swarankar
View Doctor of Humanities
2010 Gregory F.
Aloia
Kay
Goodwin
Doctor or Humane Letters
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