Whalen Receives Honorary Doctorate from Ohio U.

At its commencement ceremonies in June, Ohio University awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree to James J. Whalen, president emeritus of Ithaca College. Whalen, who served as Ithaca’s president from 1975 to 1997, had earlier held several administrative positions at Ohio.

In presenting the honorary degree, Ohio University president Robert Glidden called Whalen "one of the most influential figures in independent higher education." The degree citation lauded Whalen as a "gifted and creative administrator" who "devoted a 30-year career to excellence in educational administration."

During his 22 years as Ithaca College president, Whalen held leadership positions with a number of higher education organizations, including the American Council on Education and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Whalen is now in his seventh year as a technical adviser to a Joint Chiefs of Staff educational commission. For his contributions to higher education in the military he received the Exceptional Service Award, the highest civilian honor given by the U.S. Air Force, and was named an honorary member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Upon stepping down as president of Ithaca College in 1997, Whalen was named president emeritus and awarded the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.  

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