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Three Receive Honorary Degrees

honorary degree recipients Charles Ambrose, John Carroll, and Malcolm Warford
Honorary degree recipients, from left, Charles T. Ambrose, John S. Carroll, and Malcolm L. Warford ‘64

Charles T. Ambrose received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his exceptional career in medicine and his championing of the unique story of Transylvania’s historic role in nineteenth-century medical education.

Ambrose is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. After earning his M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School, he was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School before coming to U.K., where he has won the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching nine times and the Phi Delta Epsilon Professional Teaching Award.

Ambrose has an avid interest in the history of medicine and is a bibliophile who has conducted research on and written about historic texts. He was a generous financial supporter and leading organizer of a medical history symposium held at Transylvania in 2007 that focused on the college’s historic medical school and the medical history of the Ohio Valley region. He is a regular contribution to, and underwriter of, Transylvania Treasures, the scholarly magazine that highlights the University’s holdings in texts and scientific apparatus, along with outstanding Transylvanians.

John S. Carroll was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his considerable achievements as a national leader in journalism and for his support of Transylvania through his role as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Carroll is a veteran of more than four decades of editorial and executive experience at five metropolitan daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Lexington Herald-Leader. He directed coverage that won Pulitzer Prizes for the Los Angeles and Lexington papers, as well as theBaltimore Sunand Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a former member and chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, and was named Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 1998. In 2004 he won the Leadership Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.

In 2006, Carroll was a Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was also a fellow at Harvard’s Neiman Foundation for Journalism and a Visiting Journalist Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford University.

Carroll is an active member of Transylvania’s Board of Trustees and served as co-chair of the subcommittee on Academic and Intellectual Community for the 2009-12 Strategic Plan.

Malcolm L. Warford ’64 received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his accomplishments as a scholar, teacher, and administrator in the field of theology, especially for his role in the reform of theological education.

Warford has excelled in both administrative and faculty positions at a number of prestigious institutions of higher learning. He is a former president of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine. He has held faculty appointments at Eden, Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University, Saint Louis University, the University of Kentucky, and Lexington Theological Seminary.

In his teaching and writing, Warford has focused on leadership, education, and the ministry. From 1998-2008 he directed the Lexington Seminar, a program of the Lexington Theological Seminary that brought together presidents, deans, and faculty members of leading theological schools to discuss reforms in theological education. At present, he is a consultant to major national foundations that promote the exploration of connections between a person’s values and their choice of vocation.

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