October 21, 1999
Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
PSU Honorary Degree Approved for Gen. Colin Powell
CLACKAMAS – The Oregon State Board of Higher Education today approved a Portland State University recommendation
to confer an honorary degree to retired Gen. Colin Powell when he visits Oregon in November.
"In addition to his distinguished military career, Gen. Powell has established a reputation as a humanistic
leader for programs of benefit to children and youth," said Vice Chancellor Shirley Clark, who recommended
the conferral on behalf of PSU.
The retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will visit PSU on Nov. 16 to present the university's first Simon
Benson awards. The awards will honor persons who have exemplified philanthropy and the Northwest spirit.
In other actions Thursday, the board: