names 68th honorary chancellor
(Jan. 10, 2002) - The Rev. Jerome King Del Pino, Ph.D, General Secretary
of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), will
be honored as the 68th Honorary Chancellor for Florida Southern
College. Ceremonies will take place in Branscomb Auditorium on March
15 at 10:10 a.m.
As General Secretary,
Del Pino is the chief administrative officer of GBHEM, responsible
for program/staff selection, policy planning, and financial administration.
The GBHEM works on behalf of the United Methodist Church to provide
training and support for those entering the ministry and to oversee
United Methodist institutions of higher learning.
Dr. Del Pino to Florida Southern." said FSC president, Dr.
Thomas Reuschling. "His visit underscores our relationship
with the United Methodist Church and gives us a wonderful opportunity
to discuss the meaning of church-related higher education in today's
Del Pino holds
master's and doctorate degrees from Boston University and several
academic awards, including, from Boston University School of Theology
the Charles E. Jefferson Fellowship for excellence in preaching
and the Lucinda Bidwell Beebe and the Rev. Edmund Beebe Fellowships;
and from the Fund for Theological Education, Inc. the Rockefeller
Doctoral Fellowships and the Black North American Doctoral Fellowship
for Dissertation Research.
to his work with GBHEM, Del Pino has served as a United Methodist
pastor and superintendent, visiting lecturer, and teacher. He has
participated in and presented at numerous
seminars in America and abroad, and has been a member of over thirty
professional and community-affiliated church committees. He served
as vice president of the Board of Directors, Massachusetts Council
of Churches from 1989-91, and as president from 1991-95.
to his address to Florida Southern's 1700 students, Del Pino will
participate in a small group question-and-answer session and attend
a luncheon in his honor.
has awarded the title of Honorary Chancellor since 1934. Among the
recipients through the years have been such nationally recognized
figures as Walter Cronkite, Bob Hope, Gerald Ford, Chris Wallace,
Terry Waite, Robert James Waller, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Local
honorees have included Jack M. Berry, Charles H. Jenkins, Sr., Truman
and Marie Miller, and J. Lanier Upshaw.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.