Honorary Degree Committee


The honorary doctorate is the highest academic honor awarded by the university. It is bestowed in recognition of outstanding contributions to society through intellectual, professional, scientific, artistic, or public service efforts. In granting an honorary degree, the University of Central Arkansas acknowledges excellence and provides an example to members of the university community.


  1. Four tenured faculty members. Faculty members will serve staggered four-year terms. No academic college may have more than one representative.
    • One appointed by the president.
    • One appointed by the provost.
    • Two appointed by the Faculty Senate.
  2. The president of the Faculty Senate, or designee
  3. The president of the Student Government Association, or designee
  4. The president of the Staff Senate, or designee
  5. The president of the Alumni Association
  6. The dean of the Graduate School

The dean of the Graduate School will serve as committee chair, but will be a non-voting member.


Member Term Title
Michael Schaefer (LA) 2015 Presidential Appointment
VACANT Provost Appointment
Patty Phelps (ED) 2017 Faculty Senate Appointments
Jeffrey Pe-Aguirre (FAC) 2016 Faculty Senate Appointments
Kaye McKinzie 2017 President of Faculty Senate
Kevin Carter 2017 President of Staff Senate
Kelsey Broaddrick 2017 President of Student Senate
Karen Sullards 2015 President of Alumni Association
Joan Simon Permanent Interim Dean of Graduate School



on call


to Provost

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