Carl Nathe

Chellgren, Wilson to Receive Honorary Degrees From UK

Published: Apr 1, 2014

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2014) ― The University of Kentucky will present honorary Doctor of Humanities degrees at its 147th Commencement to an alumnus and benefactor, along with a former college president who had once dreamed of attending UK but was denied the opportunity.

 

Harrison B. Wilson Jr., who led Norfolk State University with distinction for 22 years, and UK alumnus, corporate leader and philanthropist Paul W. Chellgren, will receive honorary degrees at the 9 a.m. Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony.

 

Nearly 70 years ago, Wilson, a Pendleton County native, returned from serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, only to be denied admission to UK because of the color of his skin.

 

He instead enrolled at Kentucky State University, a historically black college and at that time one of few higher education options available to African-American students. Two years later, the University of Kentucky would finally admit Lyman T. Johnson as the first African American to attend the UK graduate school.

 

Wilson became an honors graduate of Kentucky State University. He earned a Master of Science and doctoral degrees, both with distinction, from Indiana University in Bloomington, and performed postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

 

Following service as a faculty member and very successful tenure as men's basketball coach at Jackson State University in Mississippi for 16 years, Wilson went on to higher eduation appointments at Tennessee State University, then Fisk University in Nashville, before being selected as president of Norfolk State University in 1975. Under his outstanding leadership, the university experienced transformative growth in all areas: student enrollment, budget, curriculum, campus size, physical facilities and status as a doctoral-granting university. He retired from Norfolk State in 1997.

 

His grandson, Brandon R. Wilson, is scheduled to receive his master's degree in history from UK during the same ceremony May 10.

 

Chellgren, a 1964 graduate of UK, also earned advanced degrees from Harvard University and Oxford University. From 1968-70, Chellgren served his country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

 

His business career accomplishments include serving as chairman and CEO of Ashland Inc., a global diversified energy and chemical company; operating partner in a leading venture capital firm, Snow Phipps; and co-owner of several businesses ranging from a horse farm, to restaurants, and an art dealership.

 

In addition to being a major supporter of the arts throughout the Kentucky region, Chellgren has given considerably of his time, talent and resources in support of higher education. He serves on the Board of Trustees at Centre College and served multiple terms on UK's Board of Trustees. His educational service extends to his adjunct teaching at Northern Kentucky University.

 

Chellgren's educational philanthropy includes considerable funding in support of student scholarships and other initiatives at colleges and universities across Kentucky. At UK, evidence of his generosity can be found in buildings, such as the William T. Young Library, the renovated Main Building, and the current renovation and expansion of the Gatton College of Business and Economics; support of educational programs that benefit faculty and students, including the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence; and direct financial assistance to students.

 

UK's May 10 Commencement includes a 9 a.m. ceremony for graduates receiving master's and doctoral degrees and 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. ceremonies for graduates receiving bachelor's degrees. For more information, go to www.uky.edu/Commencement.

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT:  Carl Nathe, carl.nathe@uky.edu; 859-257-3200

 

 

commencement_platform.jpgharrison_wilson.pngpaul_chellgren.jpg
February
 
1
Graduate Student Congress Meeting (February)
Mon
2
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Tue
3
K Crew Recruitment
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Wed
4
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
5
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Explore Blue
Off-Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #1
Panel Discussion: Historic Homes
Fri
6
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sat
7
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
8
K Crew Recruitment
Sex and Chocolate
Law School Prep Workshop
Mon
9
K Crew Recruitment
Healthy Relationships Workshop
How to Package Communication and Technical Skills on your Resume
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
2016 Distinguished Industry Lecture Series
Tue
10
K Crew Recruitment
Last Day to Receive 50% Refund
Pinterest Party #1
Off-Campus Student Association Information Session
Get Yourself Tested!
Showcase your Talents: Building a Strong Portfolio
An Evening with Tatyana Ali and Amir Windom: Progression Towards Success
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
How to Survive a Plague
Wed
11
K Crew Recruitment
Coffee & Canvases
Off-Campus Student Association Information Session
Study Abroad in Berlin!
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
12
K Crew Recruitment
Explore Blue
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Ash and the Market: Ceramic Exchange, Political Economy, and the Late to Terminal Classic Transformation of the Kiuic Polity
Fri
13
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Learn to Play Bridge
Workshop: The Artist Statement
Sat
14
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
15
K Crew Recruitment
See ICT
Patterson School Guest Speaker Series
Mon
16
K Crew Recruitment
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
See ICT
UK Women's Forum February Board Meeting
Tue
17
K Crew Recruitment
Food For Thought
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Wed
18
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Soup & Substance: Real Talk, Real Issues, & Real People Series
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
19
PharmD Interviews
Explore Blue
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Off-Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #2
SAB Underground Formal
Fri
20
PharmD Interviews
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sat
21
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
22
Undergraduate Research Information Session
University Health Service- Let It Go
Mon
23
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
University Health Service- Know Your Numbers
University Health Service- Mindful Eating
Tue
24
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn - Don't Blame It On Aging
Ravi Zacharias at Memorial Coliseum
Wed
25
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Thu
26
Explore Blue
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference
Eday Talk by Georgetown Toyota President Wil James
Do What You Are: Connecting Personalities w/ Profession
Off- Campus Student Services' Wildcat Apartment Hop #3
Traditions and Transformations in Tz’utujil Territory, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, 500 BC – 1524 AD
Concert in the Museum: Central Music Academy
Fri
27
Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
UK E-Day
Sat
28
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
DanceBlue Rave Hour
Bill Adams: Blue Madness
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Open House: Selections from the John and Sue Wieland Collection
Sun
29
Monday through Friday - Midterm Grading window is open. The mid-term grading window will close at midnight on March 11.
Monday through Wednesday - Students are prohibited from changing academic major
Bodies Of Evidence: Provocations: A Transnational Feminist History Project
Mon
 
 
 
 
 
Feb 09
Healthy Relationships Workshop 02/09/2016

Tue, 02/09/2016

Repeats every day on January, February, March, April every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sun Apr 03 2016 .
Wed, 02/10/2016

Repeats every day on January, February, March, April every Sunday and every Tuesday and every Wednesday and every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Mon Apr 04 2016 .
Wed, 02/10/2016

Reset Page