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Four World-Class Leaders To Receive Honorary Degrees  at This Year’s Commencement
In addition to the more than 1,900 graduates receiving degrees at the 2009 Rensselaer Commencement ceremony, four distinguished guests are also receiving honorary degrees.

“In the midst of extraordinary global economic uncertainty, we will honor four world-class leaders who understand the importance of taking the long view,” said Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson. “They are educators, entrepreneurs, and innovators. They have demonstrated what is possible at the intersection of science, arts, and engineering. They embody the power of scientific discovery and technological innovation to change the world.”
Kenneth I. Chenault Kenneth I. Chenault, who will receive an honorary doctorate of laws, is a groundbreaking global business leader and mentor who is chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company. Before joining American Express in 1981, Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co. and an attorney with Rogers & Wells. Chenault serves on the boards of American Express and several other corporate and nonprofit organizations. A wide variety of civic, social service, and community organizations have recognized him for his public service leadership. In addition, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Samuel Josefowitz ’42 Samuel Josefowitz ’42, who will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering, is an industrial and chemical engineer and one of the world’s most influential collectors of Post-Impressionist art. As a businessman and entrepreneur, he built some of the world’s largest record and book clubs, pioneering new ways of delivering culture and entertainment. In 1980, Josefowitz sold his business in order to concentrate on art, where his interests include Polynesian, Indonesian, and Pre-Columbian art, as well as Post-Impressionism. In 1998, Josefowitz, who had always generously lent and donated his art to museums, was honored with a gallery for his Pont-Aven collection in the Indianapolis Museum of Art. In 2005, he was made an officer in the Légion d’honneur by the French government in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to French culture.
Robert C. Richardson Robert C. Richardson, who will receive an honorary doctorate of science, is the F.R. Newman Professor of Physics and senior vice provost for research, emeritus, at Cornell University. Richardson’s collaborative research in low-temperature physics has been recognized with numerous prestigious prizes and awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996. Richardson is a fellow of numerous professional societies and his service on many national governing boards has helped set research and higher education policy. Of his many accomplishments, Richardson often highlights his 30 years of teaching college physics.
Peter Schwartz ’68 Peter Schwartz ’68, who will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters, is an internationally renowned futurist, business strategist, and author. He is co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network, a Monitor Group company, and a partner of the Monitor Group, a family of professional services firms devoted to enhancing client competitiveness and growth. Schwartz specializes in scenario planning, working with corporations, governments, and institutions to create alternative perspectives of the future and develop robust strategies for a changing and uncertain world. His first book, The Art of the Long View, is considered a seminal publication on scenario planning and has been translated into multiple languages.
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Volume 3, Number 5, May 15, 2009
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