In May 2008, Utah State University honored three Huntsman alumni with honorary degrees.
James Quigley is the CEO of Deloitte, Touche Tohmatsu, which is Deloitte’s global business organization. He received an honorary Doctor of Business degree and he gave the commencement address at USU’s spring graduation ceremony the morning of May 3.
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. He was the commencement speaker at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business graduation ceremony held the afternoon of May 3.
W. Eugene Hansen was also presented an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws. Hansen is an attorney who has been on the USU Board of Trustees and on the Utah State Board of Regents, where he served as chairman for two years.
W. Engene Hansen
USU President Stan Albrecht said that Dr. Quigley, who graduated with a degree in accounting in 1974, has had a “long and distinguished business career” and said he has “been an advocate for business ethics and accountability.”
Dr. Quigley talked about the importance of lifelong learning.
“I have learned countless lessons in meetings with the business leaders of our generation," he said. “I have traveled to dozens of countries and learned from their business and political leaders. Being a lifelong learner has paid dividends. If you want to enjoy the fruits that life’s opportunities will provide, it’s not complicated: treat others with respect; remember, life is filled with opportunities, not entitlements; go with confidence and optimism.”
Dean Douglas D. Anderson introduced Dr. Perry at the Huntsman School of Business commencement ceremony, noting that Elder Perry graduated with a degree in finance in 1949 from USU when it was called the Utah State Agricultural College.
“Elder Perry has impacted many lives through his strong leadership and tireless service,” Anderson said. “He has consistently emphasized the importance of integrity in the workplace, in the home and the importance of community service.”
Elder L. Tom Perry
Dr. Perry told the graduates that the world needs trustworthy leaders.
"The most important thing you'll ever learn is to be trusted by your fellow man and to have friendships with them," he said. "Develop those friendships in the best way you possibly can as you move forward."
Elder Perry talked of those who fought in World War II, a generation that has been called the "Greatest Generation."
“My generation is ready to turn over to you the title of the ‘Greatest Generation,” he said. “The world is ready for you to assume that title. Now go out and earn it.”
Just before he was presented his honorary doctorate, Hansen, who graduated in 1950 with a degree in agribusiness, was introduced by Scott R. Watterson of the USU Board of Trustees.
“He has been recognized throughout his career for exceptional legal competence and heart-felt care in serving clients, as well as for the extreme integrity he brought to the profession as he pursued truth and justice,” Watterson said.