leader to receive honorary
degree from Martin University
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2003) - Manchester College President Parker
G. Marden will receive an Doctor of Laws honorary degree from Martin
University in recognition of his leadership among Indiana's independent
colleges and his friendship.
"He is a very special person," said Rev. Fr. Boniface Hardin, O.S.B.,
founder and president of the 620-student Martin University. "He has led the
Independent Colleges of Indiana
well and has been a great leader. Among the presidents in Indiana,
he is gentle and modest, and always fair." The degree is intended "to help
to let others know about him," Rev. Hardin said.
Rev. Hardin founded Martin University
in 1977 to serve low-income, minority and adult learners. The average age of
its students is about 40, although the school is enrolling a growing number
of much younger students.
Marden, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University, will receive
the honorary degree on Sunday, Jan. 18 in a ceremony that
also will honor three other good friends of Martin University:
Jim Shaw, retired president of the Indiana Small Business Development
Corp. and current lay leader for Southern Indiana Conference, United
Methodist Church. (Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree)
theologian, philosopher and former Martin dean of research and grants.
(Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree)
professor of sociology at Butler
University, former higher education program director for Lilly Endowment
Inc. and current candidate for U.S. Senate. (Doctor of Laws honorary
Marden has served 10
years as president of the 1,170-student Manchester
College in northeast Indiana. He is president of the 31-member Independent
Colleges of Indiana, which offered its solidarity of support and $10,500 to Martin
University during difficult economic times of 2003. Rev. Hardin also helped
Manchester College dedicate its new campus Intercultural Center in 2002.
"I value my
friendship with Rev. Hardin and the strength and determination of his
mission as reflected in Martin University,"
said Marden, who expressed appreciation and humility in accepting the
invitation to the ceremony. "I am mindful that 2004 is the 50th
anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education; and thank God, our world has
never been the same since."