OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will award an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree to Richard E. Kendell at the university's 132nd commencement on Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.
Kendell retired in 2007 as the sixth commissioner of higher education in the state of Utah. He holds a bachelor's degree from Weber State in English, as well as master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah in educational leadership and policy.
In addition to receiving the honorary degree, Kendell will deliver the commencement address.
Kendell spent most of his career in education, beginning as an English teacher at Ogden High School. He later worked in various education positions at the University of Utah, the state of Utah, Davis School District and the Utah System of Higher Education.
Kendell also spent two periods of employment in the private sector, working at Wicat Systems from 1985 to 1987 and at the Boyer Company from 1997 to 2001.
His work has been recognized with many awards and honors. He has been named the Utah Superintendent of the Year and a finalist for National Superintendent of the Year. In 1994, Kendell received the Utah Education Association's Administrator of the Year award. In 2003, WSU gave Kendell the Lewis Shurtliff Award for Contributions to Education.
As Utah's higher education commissioner, Kendell assisted with seven searches for institutional presidents, launched a large-scale communications campaign to encourage Utahns to prepare for and complete postsecondary education, oversaw various studies into the effective delivery of postsecondary education throughout Utah and forged new partnerships among higher education institutions. He also helped to secure a national grant to implement the Utah Scholars initiative and played an important role in the development of the K-16 Alliance.
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