May 13, 2000
The Citadel presented seven honorary doctoral degrees during commencement exercises for the Class of 2000 on Saturday, May 13th. Recipients and their degrees are:
James H. Hodges, doctor of laws
James E. Jones Jr., doctor of business administration
P. Michael Duffy, doctor of laws
L. William Krause, doctor of sciences
Glenn F. McConnell, doctor of laws
William B. Sansom, doctor of sciences
Inez M. Tenenbaum, doctor of education
The Honorable James H. Hodges became the 114th governor of South Carolina in January 1999. As governor he has promised to "focus like a laser-beam on improving our schools." In his first year in office, Gov. Hodges successfully won approval for a 2000 referendum on a state education lottery, provided $1 billion for school construction without raising taxes, and launched the First Steps to School Readiness early childhood education initiative.
James E. Jones, Jr., a native of South Carolina, graduated from The Citadel in 1958. Since graduation, Jones has been a stalwart advocate of The Citadel and the state of South Carolina. He has served as president of the Greenville Citadel Club, the Association of Citadel Men, and the Brigadier Club. Completing his third term as a Citadel Board of Visitor member, he has served as an alumni member, vice chairman, and chairman. Beyond the college, Jones has served on numerous boards and commissions in the state, ranging from civic to professional organizations.
Judge P. Michael Duffy, an alumnus of The Citadel, serves as an U.S. District Judge for the district of South Carolina. Before his appointment, Judge Duffy was a partner in the law firm of Hollings & Hawkins and later a principal in the McNair Law Firm. He has been a member of numerous professional and civic organizations and he is a senior bencher and staunch supporter of The Citadel Inn of Court, a pre-law society.
L. William Krause is the president and chief executive officer of LWK Inventures, a private investment firm that targets early financial opportunities in small, high-tech companies that participate in communication and Internet-related products. Krause serves as chairman of The Citadel Advisory Board. His contributions and service to his alma mater have had a significant impact on The Citadel. He established the Krause Entrepreneurs Study Room, the Krause Foundation, which has charted nine web network stations in the colleges library, and was instrumental in funding the Class of 1963 Memorial Scholarship to offer superior students an educational opportunity at the college.
South Carolina Senator Glenn McConnell has represented Charleston and Dorchester counties since 1980. Throughout his tenure in the legislature, he has served on numerous boards and committees; he has also served as chairman for the Rules Committee, the Hunley Commission, and the African-American History Monument Commission. McConnell, a noted historian, has played an integral part in the restoration of the replica cannons fired by cadets at reenactments and home football games.
After service in the U.S. Marine Corps, William B. Sansom joined the Corps of Cadets and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Throughout his time at the college, Sansom held significant rank, including that of regimental commanderthe highest cadet held position. He was a member of The Citadel Round Table, the Sunday Color Guard, and the Junior Sword Drill. He commanded the Summerall Guards during his senior year and won the Star of West Award. Today, Mr. Sansom is the chairman and chief executive officer of H.T. Hackney Company, a diversified company involved in furniture manufacturing, wholesale grocery, gas and oil.
State School Superintendent Inez M. Tenenbaum delivered the commencement address for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies on Sunday, May 7. Tenenbaum is South Carolinas fifteenth state superintendent of education. She has been an energetic and determined advocate for children throughout her career. As superintendent, she is committed to raising the quality of education in South Carolina through comprehensive and sustained reform.