Honorary Degree Recipients

 

A

     

Mabel Pollitt Adams

EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Letters

1967

A.D. Albright

President, Northern Kentucky University

Doctor of Laws

1993

Betty Asher

Educator, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1989

B

     

James E. Bassett

Director, Kentucky State Police

Doctor of Laws

1976

Karl D. Bays

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1977

Charles Elmore Beck

Business

Doctor of Laws

1965

Robert D. Bell

Business

Doctor of Laws

1986

Mon. Ralph W. Beiting

Founder, Christian Appalachian Project

Doctor of Humanities

1999

Eula Bingham

Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Science

1978

Gary Booth

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Science

2005

James M. Boswell

 

Doctor of Laws

1981

Jane Boyer

Civic Leader

Doctor of Humanities

2010

Edward N. Breathitt

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1966

Harry S. Broudy

Philosopher, educator, author

Doctor of Letters

1980

John Y Brown, Jr.

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1980

Helen E. Browne

Nurse

Doctor of Science

1977

Frances Burke

State Senator

Doctor of Laws

1989

C

   

 

Harold Glenn Campbell

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1998

Rev. Homer W. Carpenter

Minister

Doctor of Letters

1963

Malcolm Scott Carpenter

Commander, US Navy

Doctor of Science

1969

Julian Carroll

Lt. Governor of Kentucky (later Governor)

Doctor of Laws

1974

Tim Lee Carter

US Representative from Kentucky

Doctor of Science

1974

Lillie D. Chaffin

Educator and writer, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Letters

1978

Merritt Madison Chambers

Educator

Doctor of Letters

1969

Paul Chellgren

Business

Doctor of Science

2005

James Chenault

Judge, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1975

Thomas D. Clark

Historian and Scholar

Doctor of Letters

1976

Bill Clements

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2010

Earle C. Clements

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1966

Nick Clooney

Journalist

Doctor of Humanities

2008

Tom Coffey

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2010

Mary Sue Coleman

President, University of Michigan

Doctor of Science

2012

J. Winston Coleman

Historian and author

Doctor of Letters

1976

Martha Layne Collins

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1985

Bert T. Combs

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1963

Earle B. Combs

Athlete, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1974

C. Vernon Cooper, Jr.

Business

Doctor of Laws

1996

John Sherman Cooper

US Senator from Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1962

Rev. Kevin W. Cosby

Minister, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2003

D

   

 

Francis L. Dale

Newspaper Publisher

 

1967

William S. Daugherty

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Science

2008

Richard B. Davis

 

Doctor of Letters

1980

Felix W. DeWeldon

Sculptor

Doctor of Letters

1974

David Barrow Dick

Author and journalist

Doctor of Letters

2000

Frank G. Dickey

President, University of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1981

Donald R. Dizney

Health Services

Doctor of Laws

1987

Herman Lee Donovan

President of Eastern Kentucky State College

Doctor of Laws

1962

Adron Doran

President, Morehead State University

Doctor of Laws

1970

Louise Rutledge Dowerman

Librarian, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Letters

1997

Dero Downing

President, Western Kentucky University

Doctor of Laws

1979

John Draud

Commissioner of Education, Kentucky, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2009

E

   

 

Jo Eleanor Elliott

Nurse

Doctor of Science

1983

Richard J. Evans

 

Doctor of Letters

1964

Rupert N. Evans

Educator

Doctor of Laws

1982

F

   

 

Charles B. Flood

Author and scholar

Doctor of Letters

1982

Wendell Ford

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1973

Hanley Funderburk

EKU President

Doctor of Laws

1998

G

   

 

Bonnie Gray

Educator

Doctor of Humanities

2011

Clarke T. Gray

 

Doctor of Science

1988

Mark Grayson

Educator

Doctor of Laws

2005

Clarence Gifford

 

Doctor of Laws

1971

Ted C. Gilbert

Education Administration, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1998

Raymond E. Giltner

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1991

Lyman V. Ginger

Executive Director, Cardinal Hill Hospital

Doctor of Laws

1991

J. Malcom Grear

 

Doctor of Letters

1998

H

   

 

Ralph Hacker

Radio personality

Doctor of Humanities

2011

John R. Hall

CEO, Ashland Oil

Doctor of Laws

1990

Col. Finley R. Hamilton

Commander & Conductor, US Army Field Band

Doctor of Arts

2003

William S. Hayes

President, Alice Lloyd College

Doctor of Laws

1966

Robert R. Hensley

 

Doctor of Laws

1976

Thomas Herndon

Educator

Doctor of Science

1984

Carl M. Hill

 

Doctor of Science

1975

Henry H. Hill

President George Peabody College for Teachers

Doctor of Laws

1963

Mary Jo Hill

 

Doctor of Letters

1974

Larry J. Hopkins

US Representative from Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1989

Walter D. Huddleston

US Senator from Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1975

Eugene Hughes

President of EKU

Doctor of Laws

2011

Floyd Hunter

Educator

Doctor of Letters

1978

Carl E. Hurley

Educator and Entertainer, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Letters

1997

Francis Hutchins

President, Berea College

Doctor of Laws

1979

Louise G. Hutchins

Doctor

Doctor of Science

1983

I

   

 

John Irwin

Educator

Doctor of Science

1985

J

   

 

Timothy James

US Military, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2009

Ewart W. Johnson

Kentucky State Parks Commissioner

Doctor of Laws

1976

Lyndon B. Johnson

Vice President of the United States

Doctor of Laws

1961

Brereton Jones

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

2008

K

   

 

Merle B. Karnes

Educator

Doctor of Letters

1977

Cecil Karrick

 

Doctor of Letters

1999

John M. Keane

Vice Chief of Staff, US Army

Doctor of Public Service

2001

Col. P.K. Keen

US Army, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2003

Joseph H. Keller, Jr.

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1982

Jerome P. Keuper

Educator

Doctor of Science

1977

Roy Kidd

EKU Football Coach, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2010

Garvice D. Kinkaid

Business

Doctor of Laws

1965

Pauline Knapp

 

Doctor of Laws

1973

James C. Klotter

 

Doctor of Letters

1997

L

   

 

Joseph E. Lambert

Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court

Doctor of Laws

1999

Peter P. Lejins

Scholar

Doctor of Laws

1986

Homer Ledford

Musician, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2006

Chunbo Li

CEO, Zhejiang Medicine Corporation

Doctor of Laws

2011

Margaret Lindsey

 

Doctor of Letters

1976

Hazel C. Little

Educator and Librarian, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Letters

1996

Thomas C. Little

Educator, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1986

Brad Loar

FEMA, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2009

Thomas Logsdon

Aeronautics Engineer, Rockwell, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Science

2007

Irvin Lunger

 

Doctor of Letters

1974

Pearse Lyons

Founder and President, Alltech

Doctor of Commerce

2011

M

   

 

John W. Macy

Chair, US Civil Service Commission

Doctor of Laws

1966

Lee Majors

Actor, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2006

Robert R. Martin

EKU President, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1977

Dan Mason

CBS Radio, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Humanities

2006

Bobbie Ann Mason

Kentucky author

Doctor of Letters

1995

Angela Barron McBride

Educator

Doctor of Laws

1991

John Ed McConnell

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1993

Mitch McConnell

US Senator from Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

2006

Thomas McDonough

Educator

Doctor of Science

1967

Dustan McCoy

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

2003

Gale McGee

US Senator from Wyoming

Doctor of Laws

1967

N. Mitchell Meade

Judge

Doctor of Laws

1994

Brenda Miller

Senior Safety Advisor, US Army Combat Readiness

Doctor of Laws

2012

William F. Miller

Business

Doctor of Laws

1965

Mildred L. Montag

Nurse Educator

Doctor of Science

1981

William Robert Moody

 

Doctor of Letters

1971

Robert B. Morgan

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1987

Craig Morrison

Business, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Science

2007

Thurston B. Morton

US Senator and Representative from Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1969

Irene Steed Muir

 

Doctor of Letters

1966

Story Musgrave

Astronaut

Doctor of Science

2004

N

   

 

Lonnie Napier

State Representative

Doctor of Laws

2007

Robert L. Nichols

 

Doctor of Science

1973

Louie B. Nunn

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1968

Elizabeth M. Nuss

Student Personnel Administrator

Doctor of Laws

1995

O

   

 

William F. O’Donnell

President of Eastern Kentucky State College

Doctor of Laws

1962

Allan W. Ostar

American Assoc. of State Colleges & Universities

Doctor of Laws

1972

P

   

 

John S. Palmore

Chief Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court

Doctor of Laws

1984

Fess Parker

Actor and Playwright

Doctor of Letters

1968

Norman Vincent Peale

Minister and Author

Doctor of Letters

1964

Steve Pence

Lt. Governor of Kentucky, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

2004

Carl D. Perkins

US Representative from Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1964

Kenneth Perry

Educator, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1983

Joseph W. Phelps

Business

Doctor of Laws

1990

Charles Pilliod

Business

Doctor of Laws

1979

Mon. Felix Newton Pitt

 

Doctor of Letters

1967

Edward C. Pomeroy

American Assoc. of Colleges for Teacher Education

Doctor of Letters

1968

J.C. Powell

EKU President

Doctor of Laws

1985

R

   

 

A.V. Ramayya

Scholar in Nuclear Physics

Doctor of Science

2009

Helen M. Reed

Director of Model Laboratory School

Doctor of Letters

1995

Robert V. Remini

Educator and author

Doctor of Letters

1992

R. R. Richards

Educator, EKU ALumnus

Doctor of Laws

1986

Gen. David Rodriguez

 Commander, US Army Forces Command

Doctor of Laws

2012

Hal Rogers

US Representative from Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1988

Carlos P. Romulo

Ambassador of the Philippines to the US

Doctor of Laws

1961

Warren W. Rosenthal

Business

Doctor of Laws

1994

John D. Rowlett

Vice President for Academic Affairs, EKU

Doctor of Laws

1993

S

   

 

Harlan Sanders

Founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken

Doctor of Laws

1973

F. Douglas Scutchfield

Doctor, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Science

2004

Betty L. Siegel

President, Kennesaw State University

Doctor of Laws

1992

Robert F. Sexton

Prichard Commission for Academic Excellence

Doctor of Letters

2001

Honorable Eric K. Shinseki

US Secretary for the Dept. of Veteran Affairs

Doctor of Laws

2010

Ricky Skaggs

Musician

Doctor of Humanities

2005

Albert P. Smith, Jr.

Journalist

Doctor of Letters

1982

Louis Smith

 

Doctor of Laws

1975

Harry M. Sparks

 

Doctor of Laws

1975

Jane Stephenson

Founder, New Opportunity School for Women

Doctor of Letters

2004

Florence B. Stratemeyer

Educator

Doctor of Letters

1970

Jesse Stuart

Kentucky author

Doctor of Letters

1964

James L. Sublett

Teachers Retirement System

Doctor of Laws

1970

Martha C. Sudduth

Educator

Doctor of Letters

1977

T

   

 

Flonnia C. Taylor

Educator

Doctor of Letters

1978

Helen Thomas

Journalist

Doctor of Letters

2002

Kelly Thompson

President, Western Kentucky University

Doctor of Laws

1971

Russell I. Todd

 

Doctor of Science

1973

Mitchell Tolle

Artist

Doctor of Arts

2002

W

   

 

LeRoy T. Walker

Educator

Doctor of Laws

1985

William Wallace

Lawyer, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1974

Elmer Whitaker

Business

Doctor of Laws

1993

Wallace Wilkinson

Governor of Kentucky

Doctor of Laws

1988

Craig E. Williams

Activist and Environmentalist, EKU Alunmus

 Doctor of Humanities

2008

Ralph H. Woods

President, Murray State University

Doctor of Laws

1968

Robert M. Worthington

Educator, EKU Alumnus

Doctor of Laws

1972

Y

   

 

Lt. Gen. Robert Yerks

US Army, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (2000)

Doctor of Humanities

2007

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