FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2003
is presenting four individuals with honorary degrees in May and
June in recognition
of distinguished careers and service to the college.
Dr. Peter D. Bunting of Birmingham, founder
of Bunting Plastic Surgery Clinic and chief of plastic surgery
for Montclair Baptist
Medical Center, and Mike
Warren of Birmingham, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of
Energen Corp., will receive Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees at
commencement ceremonies May 24 in Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham. U.S.
District Judge U.W. Clemon of Birmingham, chief judge of the Northern
District of Alabama,
will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree during Commencement,
where he also will deliver the keynote address.
Dr. Peter D. Bunting |
U.S. Judge U.W. Clemon |
Dr. John Ed Mathison
Dr. John Ed Mathison, senior minister
of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, will
receive an Honorary Doctor
of Divinity degree during the
United Methodist Church's Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference June
3 in Montgomery.
Bunting, who holds a bachelor's degree from Birmingham-Southern and a
doctor of medicine degree from the University of Alabama, received his surgical
training at Harvard Medical School and also is on the plastic surgery staff
at UAB. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Birmingham-Southern's
Board of Trustees and is a co-chair of Phase II of the college's current
21st Century major gifts campaign.
Clemon, who holds a bachelor's degree
from Miles College and a law degree from Columbia University
School of Law, also has served as a lawyer and a member
of the state Legislature. He has taught civil rights courses at Birmingham-Southern
for many years, and, in 2002, the college established the Judge U.W. Clemon
Endowed Honors Pre-Law Scholarship to assist deserving minority students
who plan to enter law school upon graduation.
Mathison, who holds bachelor's degrees from Huntingdon College and Emory
University, a master's from Princeton University, and a doctorate from
Emory, has been senior minister at Frazer Memorial for 30 years. Under his
leadership, the church has grown from 400 members to more than 7,550 members
and has the largest Sunday School attendance for United Methodist churches
in the nation. He is a member of the Birmingham-Southern Board of Trustees.
Warren, who holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn University and a law
degree from Duke University, also is chairman and CEO of Energen Corp. subsidiaries
Alagasco and Energen Resources. He is a member of Birmingham-Southern's
Board of Trustees and past chairman of the college's Norton Board of
Advisors. In 2001, The Birmingham News named Warren the Alabama CEO of the