62nd Commencement on May 16
Four Distinguished Leaders to be Honored
Seymour Hersh to Deliver Commencement Address
Teaneck, NJ (April 12, 2005) – Four distinguished leaders will receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s 62nd commencement exercises on Monday, May 16.
The ceremony will be held at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ. More than 2,000 graduates will receive doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees.
University President J. Michael Adams and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Patrick J. Zenner will confer honorary degrees on Malcolm A. Borg, Chairman of the Board of North Jersey Media Group; Rami Chhabra, an activist, writer and journalist from India; New Jersey Acting Governor Richard J. Codey; and investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh.
Malcolm A. Borg represents the third generation of his family to lead the company that started with ownership of the Bergen Evening Record, now The Record, and New Jersey’s award-leading newspaper and flagship of North Jersey Media Group. In 2004, the company was ranked as the 103rd largest media company in the United States. In addition to his corporate accomplishments, Mr. Borg’s prodigious contribution to and involvement in civic, educational, health and environmental activities is a testament to his deep commitment to New Jersey and the nation. He has served more than 40 civic, professional, and charitable organizations.
Rami Chhabra, an activist and a pioneer journalist in both print and the electronic media, has focused on population issues and women’s development. She has served as a senior administrator with the Indian government in national family planning efforts and has worked with many non-governmental organizations worldwide. Chhabra has been and remains a steadfast and independent voice for women in India.
New Jersey’s Acting Governor Richard J. Codey, an alumnus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, has long played a significant role in the state. His distinguished legislative career began in 1973, when he became the youngest legislator ever elected in New Jersey. In 2004, Codey became Senate President and has been a leading advocate for education as well as health and mental health issues.
He has earned a reputation as a skillful leader who brings people together to achieve bipartisan goals. Numerous organizations and associations have recognized Acting Governor Codey for his contributions to the State and to the people of New Jersey, awarding him “Legislator of the Year” many times over.
Seymour Hersh, one of the nations leading investigative journalists and the author of eight books, is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His journalism and publishing prizes include the Pulitzer Prize, five George Polk Awards, the National Magazine Award, and more than a dozen other prizes for investigative reporting on the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, the C.I.A.’s bombing of Cambodia, Henry Kissinger’s wiretapping, and the C.I.A.’s efforts against Chile’s Salvador Allende, among other topics.
In 2004, Hersh was responsible for exposing the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in a series of three pieces in The New Yorker. In 2005, he was awarded the National Press Club’s Lifetime Achievement award. Mr. Hersh will deliver the commencement address.
President Adams said, “The University community looks forward to congratulating our graduates and welcoming these outstanding honorary degree recipients at Commencement 2005.”
Extended biographical information on each honoree at http://view.fdu.edu/default.aspx?id=751