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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion to award Freedman honorary doctorate

Posted 05/19/98

Dartmouth President James O. Freedman will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion on June 3.

The institution will award Freedman the degree in recognition of outstanding leadership in higher education and moral leadership. The degree will be presented at the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR. (The institution also has campuses in New York, Los Angeles and Jerusalem).

This will be the eighth honorary degree awarded to Freedman, who will step down this summer as Dartmouth's president after 11 years in that position and 16 consecutive years as a college and university president (including five years as president of the University of Iowa, 1982-87). He has previously received honorary degrees from Cornell College (LL.D., 1982), St. Ambrose University (L.H.D., 1984), Southern Methodist University (LL.D., 1988), Mount Holyoke College (LL.D., 1988), Vermont Law School (LL.D., 1992), the University of New Hampshire (LL.D., 1992) and Colby-Sawyer College (LL.D., 1995).

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is the nation's oldest institution of higher Jewish education and the academic professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators and communal professionals and offers graduate and post-graduate degree programs to scholars of all faiths. HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise renowned library, archives and museum collections, biblical archaeology excavations and academic publications.

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