Randolph-Macon College Announces Commencement
Honorary Degree Recipients
Randolph-Macon College President Robert Lindgren and the Board of Trustees will
confer honorary degrees to four distinguished guests during R-MC's commencement
ceremony on Saturday, May 31, 2008.
NBC's Tim Russert will serve as commencement speaker and will receive the Doctor
of Letters degree. Russert is the managing editor and moderator of
Meet the Press and political analyst for NBC Nightly News and
The Today Show. Additionally, he anchors The Tim Russert Show,
a weekly interview program on MSNBC. He also serves as senior vice-president and
Washington bureau chief of NBC News.
The award winning journalist took over the helm of Meet the Press in December
1991. Since then, the show has become the most watched Sunday morning interview
program in America and the most quoted news program in the world. His many awards
include, among others, a 2005 Emmy for his role in the coverage of the funeral of
President Ronald Reagan; the Golden Plate Award of the Academy of Achievement;
The Joan S. Barone Award, which is the highest award given by the Radio and Television
Correspondents, for his Election 2000: Meet the Press interviews with George
Bush and All Gore; and he Annenberg Center's Walter Cronkite Award.
Russert is the author of two books, Big Russ and Me (Random House,
2004) and Wisdom of Our Fathers (Random House, 2006), which are
highly acclaimed bestsellers.
Tim Russert, NBC anchor,
Meet The Press
Dr. Charles F. Bryan, Jr. will receive the Doctor of Letters degree.
He has served as president and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society since 1988.
During this time, he has overseen fundraising campaigns that have raised more than
$110 million, resulting in quadrupling the size of the VHS headquarters building
and a significant expansion of educational programs statewide.
A respected consultant and speaker at museums and historical societies throughout
the United States, Bryan has published extensively on the management of history
museums and on the American Civil War. He co-edited the best-seller Eye of the Storm:
A Civil War Odyssey (Free Press, 2000), and a follow-up volume, Images from
the Storm (Free Press, 2001), based on the diary of Union soldier,
Robert K. Sneden, published by the Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster.
He currently serves on the board of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American
History and is president of the Independent Research Libraries Association.
In 2006, The VHS named a new wing in honor of Dr. Bryan to recognize his long and
successful service. He will retire in December 2008.
Charles F. Bryan, Ph.D.,
Virginia Historical Society
Sue Forbes Watson will receive the Doctor of Letters degree. Watson
received her BA from Duke University and earned a master's degree in English from
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An active, lifelong leader in the
community, Watson became the first woman appointed to the Hanover County School
Board in 1976. During her more than 30 years on the board, Watson has served eight
non-consecutive terms as vice-chair and eight non-consecutive terms as Chair. She
taught high school English in Georgia, Maryland, and North Carolina. After moving
to Ashland, Virginia, she also taught at Hermitage High School in Henrico County.
Watson founded the Ashland Musical Variety Show in 1982 and has since served as
its producer and director. This legendary event, which is held every other year,
raises money for the Hanover Arts and Activities Center and brings together hundreds
of volunteers from the community to dance, sing and act. A passionate and tireless
advocate, Watson volunteers her time to serve on organization boards including the
Ashland 150th Celebration Committee; the State Advisory Committee for
the Talented and Gifted; the Virginia School Boards Association; the Math-Science
Center Board; the Cultural Arts Advisory Committee; the Governor's School Board;
and the Metro Educational Research Consortium. Dedicated to the arts, Watson also
serves on the R-MC Arts Advisory Council.
Watson is married to Dr. Ritchie Watson, an R-MC English professor and accomplished
author, who plans to retire at the end of this academic year.
Sue Forbes Watson,
Walter W. Craigie, Jr. will receive the Doctor of Laws degree.
Craigie is a senior advisor with Morgan Keegan & Company, a regional investment
banking, securities brokerage, trust and asset management firm. He has served in
the executive branch of the Commonwealth of Virginia as Treasurer and Secretary
of Finance. Through the years, Craigie has advised governors on financial and budget
issues. He is currently an appointed member of the Virginia Debt Capacity Advisory
committee and also serves on the Washington Airports Task Force Board.
Craigie's relationship to R-MC goes back to his great-grandfather, a pre-Civil War
graduate of the college. In 1983, his father created the Walter W. Craigie Teaching
and Research Grants, which has gifted R-MC with more than $500,000. In 2007, he
and his wife created the Walter W. and Berenice D. Craigie Scholarship through the
Brown Challenge. He is a member of the R-MC Presidents Society, Heritage Society
and is a trustee emeritus of the R-MC Board of Trustees since 2005.
His non-profit work includes chairman of the Woodberry Forest School Board of Trustees,
a school founded by his great-grandfather; trustee and president of St. John's Church
Foundation; trustee, MCV Foundation; trustee, The Montpelier Foundation (; and former
trustee, Collegiate Schools.
Walter W. Craigie, Jr.,
Morgan Keegan & Company
R-MC's commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the grounds of the Frank
E. Brown Fountain Plaza. Additional information is available on the commencement
website at www.rmc.edu.
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