R-MC Announces 2018 Honorary Degree Recipients

May 18, 2018


Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that the college will confer Honorary Degrees on four distinguished leaders during its Commencement ceremony: Elizabeth E. Kiss, Ph.D.; Joye M. Carter, M.D.; John N. King, Ph.D. '65; and Carol Estes-Williams. R-MC's Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 9 a.m. Kiss will also serve as this year's Commencement speaker.

Elizabeth E. Kiss, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Kiss honoraryKiss will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree.

In her 12 years as President of Agnes Scott College, Kiss has been a champion for women's colleges, boosting enrollment and encouraging students to learn from a global perspective. Agnes Scott, a national liberal arts college for women in Decatur, Georgia, currently enrolls 940 students. The student body is racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse, with a majority being students of color.

During her tenure at Agnes Scott, Kiss designed and launched SUMMIT, a program in which every student designs an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences.

Through the program, students develop leadership abilities and an understanding of complex global dynamics.

Under Kiss' leadership, Agnes Scott completed its largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in history, raising a total of $115.9 million against a $100 million goal. In 2018, the college was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as "#2 Most Innovative School" among national liberal arts colleges.
Kiss is the recipient of the Legacy Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta; a POW! Award, which honors purposeful women; and a Woman of Distinction award by the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia.

Kiss, who began her career in 1987 at Randolph-Macon as a visiting professor in the Department of Philosophy, also taught at Princeton University and Deep Springs College. She earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Davidson College in North Carolina and her B.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University.

Joye M. Carter, M.D.
Joye Carter honoraryCarter, the Forensic Pathologist for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner's Office, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Science degree.

The first African American to be appointed a Chief Medical Examiner in the history of the United States, Carter worked as the deputy Chief Medical Examiner of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner Department; Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia; Chief Medical Examiner of Harris County, Texas; and Chief Forensic Pathologist to the Coroner of Indianapolis, Indiana before taking on her current role.

Carter is also the owner of Joye M. Carter, M.D. International Enterprises, which she launched as part of her commitment to enlarge the number of properly trained forensic pathologists in many of the African and Caribbean nations.

A retired U.S. Air Force Major, Carter is also the author of three books. She earned her B.A. from Wittenberg University and her M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine.

John N. King, Ph.D. '65
honorary John KingKing will receive the Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

King is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Arts and Humanities and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and of Religious Studies at The Ohio State University. As a scholar, King focuses on Renaissance and Reformation literary and cultural history. His scholarship includes studies of reformation literature, Tudor books, readers and royal iconography, the works of Edmund Spenser, John Milton, John Foxe and William Shakespeare.

King, who is Senior Research Fellow of the Rare Book School, is the author or editor of more than 100 journal articles and fourteen books. He is also research scholar at the Folger Shakespeare Library and Rare Book and Special Collections at the Library of Congress.

King has received many fellowships, including those from the American Council of Learned Societies; American Philosophical Society; and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has directed or co-directed numerous National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College and University Teachers and an NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers. In 2016, King gave a lecture at R-MC titled "The Making of a Martyr: How Anne Askew Read Her Bible."

King earned his B.A. from Randolph-Macon College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago.

Carol Estes-Williams
Carol Estes-Williams honoraryEstes-Williams will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree.

Estes-Williams earned her B.S. in Health and Physical Education at Ursinus College, after which she served as a Physical Education teacher at Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia.

Estes-Williams founded a softball tournament to benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond in honor of her son, David, who has Down Syndrome. The tournament is now in its 30th year. She is also the mother of Alise Witt '14 and Jonathan Witt '15. Estes-Williams is very active with Special Olympics, which in 2012 honored her with the Virginia H. Foster Winning Spirit Award.

Estes-Williams has continued her family's tradition of generosity at Randolph-Macon. Her uncle, Ed Estes, served on R-MC's Board of Trustees. His generosity, along with that of other family members and Estes Express Lines, made possible Estes Dining Hall and Estes Aquatics Center.

In 2011, Estes-Williams and her husband, Clarence, supported construction of the Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park—a gift that transformed the baseball program. For several years, Estes-Williams has also underwritten the cost of a course, "The Minding Class," in which R-MC students and local citizens with intellectual disabilities interact, providing both groups with a unique learning experience.

PLEASE NOTE TIME AND VENUE CHANGE: Due to a rainy forecast, Randolph-Macon College's Commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Day Field (308 Henry St.) Map and Directions