University Confers Honorary Degree on Acting Governor Richard J. Codey
Teaneck, NJ (September 30, 2005) — At the annual academic convocation of Fairleigh Dickinson University on September 28, 2005, President J. Michael Adams conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on Acting New Jersey Governor Richard J. Codey. Codey is an alumnus of Fairleigh Dickinson, having earned his bachelor’s degree from the University in 1981.
In conferring the degree, President Adams said, “…since assuming the post of acting governor of the Garden State last year, you have quickly captured the public’s respect and our personal affection with your fairness, humility and unconventional style of leadership.
“You are regarded as a skillful leader who brings Democrats and Republicans together to achieve bipartisan goals, and have been described as “an independent thinker,” and “a champion of change to benefit the public good.
“Perhaps the greatest indication of your character is the commitment you have shown outside of the limelight. You are an involved father of two sons, and have been a loving and supportive companion to your wife. As a graduate of our University, your achievements bring us great pride and it is our honor to recognize you today as a beloved son.”
In response, Codey thanked the University and said, “In many ways, the foundation for my adult life was built at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and I have these hallowed halls to thank for much of what I’ve accomplished in my life.
“Education is clearly the best preparation for life’s trials,” he said, “but an education doesn’t end with a cap and a gown. It’s a continual process, where you will find that each chapter doesn’t come with a corresponding test.” Governor Codey added, “My true test was taking the lessons I learned at Fairleigh Dickinson and using them to advocate for people who have been left behind or forgotten.”
Codey was originally scheduled to receive the honorary degree during the 2005 commencement in May, but was unable to attend the ceremony.