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FSU to Bestow Honorary Degree on Sen. Harris Wofford

As part of her annual Fall Convocation, Frostburg State University President Dr. Catherine R. Gira will bestow an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree on Senator Harris Wofford on Monday, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of the FSU Performing Arts Center. The event is open to the public.

Wofford is the chairman of “America’s Promise,” an organization with the mission of establishing character and competence among our nation's youth. As a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania and most recently CEO of the Corporation for National Service, Wofford has dedicated much of his life to the goal of making citizen service a common expectation and experience for all Americans.

In 2000, Wofford visited Frostburg and presented FSU with the Corporation for National Service’s first-ever “Service Leadership Award in Higher Education” in recognition of the University’s outstanding community programs.

“Dr. Harris Wofford has distinguished himself throughout his career as an outstanding leader and visionary, especially with regard to the importance of civic engagement and community service in the education of young people,” says Dr. Gira. “It is we who will be honored by his presence as we bestow upon him this degree.”

Wofford played a key role in both crafting and working to pass the trailblazing legislation that created AmeriCorps, the Learn and Serve America program and the Corporation for National and Community Service. He was an instrumental figure in organizing The Presidents' Summit for America’s Future in 1997, which established America’s Promise.

After helping to launch the Peace Corps, Wofford held the post of special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, as well as chairman of the White House Sub-Cabinet Group on Civil Rights from 1961 to 1962. He also served as counsel for the U.S. Committee on Civil Rights and trustee of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change.

Wofford convened and chaired the Working Group on Human Needs and Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Additionally, he was a member of the National Commission on Service-Learning chaired by Senator John Glenn and served on the boards of Youth Service America and the Points of Light Foundation. In the 1970s, Wofford was president of Bryn Mawr College.

This is the 14th honorary degree awarded in the history of FSU. At the event, Dr. Gira will also offer brief remarks to the campus community.

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