FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern is presenting three individuals with honorary degrees at its annual Commencement ceremony May 28 in recognition of distinguished careers and service to the college.
Rev. Charles Alexander of Pell City, executive director of United Methodist Pastoral Care and Counseling Inc. at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. Beverly Hosokawa of Great Barrington, Mass., philanthropist, volunteer, and retired performing arts administrator, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. Rik Kirkland of New York, former managing editor and current global editor of FORTUNE magazine, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Commencement is set for 3:30 p.m. at Boutwell Auditorium in downtown Birmingham.
Alexander, who received a bachelor's degree from Birmingham-Southern and master's degrees from Duke University and Duke Divinity School, has served as a minister in churches in Alabama, North Carolina, and Texas. He also serves as the director of the pastoral, marriage family therapy training program at Carraway Methodist Medical Center. He has been active in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and is a former president of Birmingham-Southern's National Alumni Association.
Hosokawa, who studied music at Birmingham-Southern, received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and a master's degree from New York University. Following 22 years in performing arts administration and real estate, she is now retired. She and husband David Hosokawa, in cooperation with Birmingham-Southern, are the founders and supporters of a music program at St. Aloysius School in Harlem, N.Y. She also volunteers for Out for People, a New York-based human rights volunteer organization, and is on the board of directors of Stray Hearts Animal Shelter.
Kirkland, who will deliver the Commencement address, was managing editor of FORTUNE magazine from 2001 until last month, during which time he oversaw and directed all editorial operations of the magazine. In his years as managing editor, the magazine twice was nominated as a National Magazine Award Finalist for general excellence. He currently is global editor and covers political, economic, and international issues and represents the magazine in a variety of public arenas. He has a master's degree from Duke University. Prior to joining FORTUNE, he taught English at Duke and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.