Six to Receive Honorary Degrees During Commencement

Wake Forest University will award six honorary degrees during its May 18 commencement ceremony.

The ceremony also will include an address by White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles.

The honorary degree recipients will be:

Erskine Bowles, White House chief of staff, doctor of laws. Bowles was named President Clinton’s chief of staff in November 1996. He had previously served as the assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff from October 1994 through December 1995.

Joan Brown Campbell, general secretary, National Council of Churches, doctor of divinity. An ordained minister, Campbell has led the NCC in its efforts to address national issues such as violence, heath care, welfare reform, the urban crisis and the role of religion in public life. The organization works with churches throughout the United States and in 70 countries worldwide.

Henlee Barnette, clinical professor, department of psychiatric and behavioral sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, doctor of divinity. Barnette is an ordained minister and a professor specializing in Christian ethics. He has actively worked for social justice and reforms, especially in the area of race relations. Barnette is also a Wake Forest graduate.

Eugene F. Corrigan, former commissioner, Atlantic Coast Conference, doctor of laws. Corrigan led the ACC from 1987 to 1997 and has held various leadership roles with the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In addition, Corrigan is a former college athlete, coach and athletic director.

Romulus Linney, author and playwright, doctor of letters. Linney, the author of three novels and numerous plays, has received national acclaim for his work. A former resident of Boone, Linney’s work includes stories about rural Appalachia. Linney has held teaching positions at Wake Forest and Columbia University. He is now a playwriting professor with the Actors Studio at The New School in New York.

Anthony S. Fauci, chief of laboratory immunoregulation and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, doctor of science. Fauci has contributed to basic and clinical research on the pathogenesis and treatment of immune-mediated diseases. Fauci devotes much of his time to studying HIV and AIDS. His work has contributed to understanding of how the AIDS virus destroys the body’s defenses.

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