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Honorary degree citation to Henry M. Paulson, Jr. '68 (Doctor of Laws)
Mr. Secretary, you arrived at Dartmouth in the fall of 1964 from a farm in Illinois. You excelled academically, majoring in English, and won All-Ivy and All-East recognition as an offensive lineman on the College's football team. Graduating in 1968, Phi Beta Kappa, you went on to earn a graduate degree at the Harvard Business School and went to work in Washington.
You joined Goldman Sachs' Chicago office in 1974, and in just twenty-five years you rose to Chair and CEO of the Company. Demonstrating impeccable financial judgment and business sense you were instrumental in making your firm a global leader in investment banking. You embraced and advanced a corporate culture of teamwork, loyalty, and dedication that has been the envy of your peers. You were a national spokesperson for business ethics. And through the Nature Conservancy and other organizations you have worked tirelessly, as well, to protect natural areas and bird habitats around the globe.
In 2006, you accepted appointment as the nation's Secretary of the Treasury, following in the footsteps, as such, of Dartmouth graduates Levi Woodbury 1809 and Salmon P. Chase 1826. You have clearly articulated the complex role the United States must play in a global economy.
Your College is proud of you, and it is with great appreciation for your public service and outstanding leadership that Dartmouth awards you its degree Doctor of Laws.
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