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Gen. Franks may receive honorary degree

Pending approval from the Board of Trustees, retired Gen. Tommy Franks will receive an honorary degree from USF during spring commencement in May. USF President Judy Genshaft contacted the former commander in chief on Tuesday via telephone to notify him that he was nominated for the award.

The recommendation came from the Faculty Senate Honors and Awards Council for an honorary doctorate of humane letters, said Michelle Carlyon, USF media relations coordinator.

“For him it is a great honor to be receiving an award … he’s delighted,” said Michael Hayes, vice president of Franks and Associates.

Hayes said Franks was also glad to hear he would be speaking at the May 1 commencement at the USF Sun Dome.

“He loves talking to young people and he’s a firm believer of education,” Hayes said.

According to the Faculty Senate’s nomination guidelines, an honorary degree is awarded based on accomplishments in scholarship or high distinction that demonstrate the purposes and ideals of USF.

Franks received his first honorary degree from his alma mater, Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

Hayes said Franks, who resides in Tampa, would be especially pleased to be honored by his own community.

The BOT will vote on the honorary degree recommendation at its next meeting, which is scheduled for Feb. 26.