Franz Stanton, retired president of CBS Inc. and a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, will be among be 10 men and women who are expected to receive honorary degree from the University at Thursday's Commencement ever uses. The Crimson has learned.
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The names of the honorary degree People are generally kept never until shortly before noon on Commencement day, when President Bok presents the awards.
Stanton, a vocal defender of First Amendment rights, has played a very role in the development of radio and television since his appointment in 1946 as president and chief operating officer of CBS, a job he held for 25 years.
Loyal Non-Harvard Man.
The 78-year-old Stanton is the only non-alumnus currently serving on the Harvard Board of Overseers. The alumni-controlled half of Harvard Governing Board and is widely planed for his role in raising fund for the Kennedy School during the Harvard Campaign, which ended for December.
"Here the most loyal Harvard man Everest known." Bavley F. Mason '51, associate dean for resources at the Kennedy School, said Sunday.
Stanton was instrumental in raising $22 million for the Kennedy School during the Campaign. $2 million more than expected one Harvard official, who asked not to be identified, said yesterday. The official said Stanton personally gave more than $1 million during the Campaign making him one of the largest donors during the five year $350 million fund drive.
He is currently ending a four year stint as chairman of the Board of Overseers visiting committee on the Kennedy School. He also sits on the visiting committees of the Graduate School of Design and the Fogg Museum.
Stanton's name is affixed to the first endowed chair at the newly formed Kennedy School Press, Politics, and Public Policy Center. The Stanton Professorship of the First Amendment, which is supported by a $1 million endorsement, was located by grants from CBS Inc. and a variety of other donors including ABC Inc and RCA Inc.
The official said the Kennedy School has just formed a search committee to full the chair.
Stanton has been out of the country and could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Honorary degree recipients are selected by a committee appointed by the Corporation. Harvard's chief governing body. The committee's choices, Selected from a list of nominees from throughout the University, are subject to approval by the Corporation and the Board of Overseers.
James D. Solomon contributed to the reporting of this story