Rhodes scholar to deliver keynote at Ripon College commencement

Melissa Anderson

Dr. Christopher Howard, the president of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and also a Rhodes Scholar who graduated from the US Air Force Academy and later earned a Bronze Star for his military service in Afghanistan, will be the Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at Ripon College on Sunday, May 17. He will address the theme of The Liberal Arts and Military Leadership.

"Chris Howard is a renaissance leader in so many fields. Ripon College is proud to award him an honorary degree," said Zach Messitte, president of Ripon College. "Dr. Howard has excelled as a scholar, in his military and public service career, as a NCAA Division I athlete, in business and as a trailblazer in higher education."

The 2015 theme celebrates the role the liberal arts play in cultivating effective and ethical military leaders and also in preparing our students to be engaged citizens who appreciate the power and consequences of their votes and their voices. Ripon College has a nationally recognized ROTC program and a military leadership minor that incorporates coursework requirements in history, politics and government, foreign languages and culture.

Howard is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy, where he earned a BS in political science. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned his Doctorate in politics at Oxford University and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School. At the Academy he received the Campbell Award (previously known as the Draddy Award), the highest academic award in the country presented to a senior football player; he was inducted into the Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2003.

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