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May 24, 2004

Berte presented with honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Samford University

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College Chancellor and President Dr. Neal R. Berte was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Samford University at the institution's Commencement May 22 to recognize his 28 years of leadership at Birmingham-Southern.

In a media release prior to the ceremony, Samford President Thomas E. Corts announced that the Samford Board of Trustees “enthusiastically approved” the granting of the degree. “This is as high an honor as our university can give, one that is richly merited in your case, and I am very pleased,” Corts wrote to Berte in a letter informing him of the honor. Corts cited the “common commitment” of Birmingham-Southern and Samford “to academic quality, to Christian faith, and to the worthiness of independent higher education.” He added, “It would be an honor for Samford University to claim you as an honorary alumnus.”

In his 29th year as president of Birmingham-Southern, Berte will retire June 30 but will continue as chancellor of the college. He became president Feb. 1, 1976, after serving at the University of Alabama as dean of the New College and vice president for educational development. An Ohio native, he holds three degrees from the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa

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