Four to Receive Honorary Degrees at WSU Commencement

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will award honorary degrees to a nationally recognized leader in the fields of banking and international finance, a community advocate for education and the arts, a former History professor, and a prominent leader in Utah's banking industry at the university's 125th commencement May 5 at 6 p.m. in the Dee Events Center.

 The recipients are: Kenneth A. "Kay" Randall formerly of Ogden; Carolyn "Mitzi" Brady of Salt Lake City; Richard C. Roberts of Ogden, and Roy W. Simmons of Salt Lake City.

Randall, an alumnus of Weber State, will deliver this year's commencement speech. While serving as president of the State Bank of Provo, Randall was made chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, D.C. by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a position he held from 1964-1970. In 1976, Randall became president of The Conference Board, one of the world's most influential centers of economic and business research. His public service experience includes membership on the boards of directors of many banks and multi-national corporations. Randall's support of WSU has included appearing as a guest lecturer; providing leadership and guidance to the College of Arts & Humanities; and his membership on the WSU National Advisory Council.

Brady has been a part of the Weber State family for more than 25 years. As "first lady" of Weber State College from 1978 to 1985, she was a calm and reflective presence at the center of Rodney H. Brady's presidential administration. Having taught elementary students in New York, Texas, Arizona and Massachusetts, Brady went on to campaign for improved educational quality in public schools in California and Utah. During her time at Weber State, Brady contributed her leadership and enthusiasm to the Ogden-Weber community by serving on the advisory boards of numerous public-spirited organizations. More recently, Brady has chaired the Utah Symphony Youth Guild and the Governor's Artist Series. She is active in the Assistance League of Salt Lake, a weekly volunteer in an inner-city public school and a docent at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Roberts has distinguished himself as an educator, a historian, and author and a professional military officer for nearly 50 years. He is an emeritus professor of History at Weber State University, where he served as a distinguished faculty member for 32 years. Prior to his retirement in 1998, Roberts earned a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding professor who had positively influenced the lives of tens of thousands. Roberts was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army in 1958. His military career spanned 26 years, during which he attained the rank of colonel in the Utah National Guard. The author of several books on Utah and military history, Roberts' public service includes terms as president of the Weber Historical Society and the Association of Utah Historians. He is a recipient of the H. Aldous Dixon Award, which is given annually by the WSU Alumni Association.

Simmons overcame a childhood marked by hardship to become a self-made man and leader in the banking industry. His devotion to the concept of caring in public life has had a significant impact on the financial industry, higher education and public service in Utah. Simmons began his business and banking career in 1941 as an assistant cashier at the First National Bank of Layton. Eight years later, he was appointed bank commissioner for the state of Utah, becoming the youngest bank commissioner in America. Simmons was elected president and chief executive officer of Zions Bancorporation in 1964. He is also chairman of the Simmons Media Group, which owns and operates radio stations in New Mexico, Texas and Utah. His public service commitments include his tenure as a member of the Utah State Board of Regents.

Marsha Richter, commencement chair
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