|(Left to right are) Judson Chancellor Dr. Jerry Cain, Dr. Bill Fleming, CCCU President Emeritus Dr. Paul R. Corts and Judson’s President Dr. William Crothers.|
Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming Jr. was awarded an honorary doctorate Friday by Judson University in Elgin, Ill.
It came as part of Judson’s 49th Founders' Day celebration.
"To Judson's students, this high honor allows me to be an Eagle, that I too my soar to new heights," said Fleming, referring to the university's mascot.
Fleming was elected eighth president of Palm Beach Atlantic University on May 7, 2012, after serving as interim president for the previous 14 months. He joined Palm Beach Atlantic in 1992 as vice president for development and is well known in the field of higher education for his expertise in fundraising. He has had extensive involvement in civic organizations throughout the Palm Beach, Florida area.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Paul R. Corts, president emeritus of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and a former president of PBA (1991-2002). He spoke to chapel attendees on "Charting the Course for a Better Tomorrow," highlighting the ways that Judson's mission as "the church at work in higher education" will move the university forward into the next 50 years.
Dr. Corts closed his speech with this invocation to students, "The proudest accomplishment of Judson University is to see you take on the likeness of Christ, and we pray this for you."
Like PBA, Judson is an accredited, private Christian university of the liberal arts, sciences and professions.