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Citadel News Service
7 May 2011

2011 honorary degree recipient - Citadel Graduate College

The Citadel Board of Visitors presented an honorary degree to Gene A. Budig, the speaker at the May 7, 2011 commencement exercises for The Citadel Graduate College.The honorary degree is the highest honor the college can bestow.

The citation reads as follows:

Gene A. Budig

Gene A. Budig, Ph.D. is a true Renaissance man whose talents are as varied as his positions. Dr. Budig has held leadership roles in higher education, Major League Baseball, The College Board and the United States Air Force Air National Guard.

Dr. Budig earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While attending college, he joined the Air National Guard and rose to the rank of major general by the time of his retirement. His last assignment was as assistant to the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

For 23 years Dr. Budig served in higher education as an educator and as president of three major state universities—Illinois State University, West Virginia University and the University of Kansas.

In 1994, Dr. Budig left the University of Kansas to become president of the American League where he oversaw the operations of 14 clubs and a major expansion of new ballparks. He later became the senior adviser to Major League Baseball, a position that he continues to hold today. In January 2007, Dr. Budig became part-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, a minor-league affiliate of the New York Yankees.

A distinguished professor and senior presidential adviser at the College Board in New York City, Dr. Budig is also chair of College Ed, a national program designed to increase college attendance which is funded by the Gates Foundation. His columns have appeared in "The Kansas City Star," "The New York Times," "USA Today" and "The Post and Courier." Dr. Budig is author of "A Game of Uncommon Skill" that deals with leadership in higher education and "The Inside Pitch . . . and More" that discusses the economics of baseball. His latest work, "Grasping the Ring," chronicles his friendships with such luminaries as George Steinbrenner, Gene Autry and Cal Ripken, Jr.

In recognition of his lifetime of leadership and service, The Citadel Board of Visitors is proud to present Gene A. Budig with the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.

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