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University President William P. Leahy, SJ, with the 2010 honorary degree recipients: (front, L-R) John Harrington, Sister Mary Hart, RGS, Anthony Bryk; (back, L-R) Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor. Fr. Leahy, Jeffrey Immelt, Joy Haywood Moore. (Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert)

2010 Honorary Degree Citations

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By News & Public Affairs Staff |
Published: May 27, 2010
Anthony S. Bryk

Trained as a chemist as an undergraduate at Boston College, Anthony S. Bryk has applied his analytical skills to become one of America's most eminent researchers on school reform during the past 50 years.

The ninth president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, he leads one of the world's most powerful policy research centers, which seeks to help transform the way our nation prepares its teachers and uses technology in education.  His book, Catholic Schools and the Common Good, which is frequently used in sociology and education classrooms, and his newly released work, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, express his conviction that education is the key to eliminating disparities between rich and poor.

He has taught in the classrooms of Stanford, Harvard and the University of Chicago, where he founded the Center for Urban School Improvement, a vehicle to spearhead reform in the Chicago Public Schools, and the Consortium on Chicago School Research, a group charged with assessing educational progress.

In recognition of his accomplishments and legacy as a teacher and advocate for educational reform, Boston College proudly confers upon Anthony Bryk the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Jeffrey R. Immelt

Though his tenure as CEO and chairman of General Electric began in the shadows of 9/11, Jeffrey Immelt has guided one of America's most storied companies to a preeminent place in the international business community.

Under the leadership of this Cincinnati_born son of a GE aircraft engine division manager, GE has become the world's largest maker of jet engines, locomotives, medical_imaging equipment and power plant turbines, producing $20 billion in exports. He has drawn praise in the pages of Barron's, which three times named him the "World's Best CEO," Time, which named him one of the "Most Influential People in the World," and Fortune, which called GE "America's Most Admired Company."

He also undertook the formidable challenge of putting GE's resources and talents to work in tackling the world's biggest environmental problems__from reducing greenhouse gases to improving energy efficiency and water conservation__through his company's visionary
"ecomagination" initiative, which has set a standard for corporate environmental responsibility.

Last year, President Obama sought his expertise for a crucial advisory board created to help bring America back from its worst economic downturn in decades. For his inspiring leadership and commitment to fostering "imagination at work," Boston College honors Jeffrey Immelt with the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa.

John L. Harrington

A well_known and highly respected member of our university family, John Harrington is truly an "All_Star" to Boston College, baseball's Red Sox Nation and the wider community.

With both undergraduate and graduate business degrees from Boston College, he has served his alma mater as faculty member, University Trustee, Trustee Associate, Alumni Association president, generous benefactor and, along with his wife Maureen, parent of three BC alumni.

As treasurer, corporate consultant and long_term Chief Executive Officer of Boston's beloved "Olde Towne Team," he set a standard for effective sports management, communication and marketing strategies for the Red Sox and all professional sports franchises.

Steward of the charitable organizations created by the late Thomas A. and Jean Yawkey, John Harrington has overseen the distribution of millions of dollars to support a variety of worthy causes, including education, medical research, family services and nature conservation.

In recognition of his leadership, loyalty, achievement and generosity, Boston College proudly tips its cap to a "Most Valuable Player" and bestows upon John Harrington the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa.

Sister Mary Hart, R.G.S.

For nearly three decades, children in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood have been guided by Sister Mary Hart of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Tending to the needs of individuals beset by poverty, her work and evident faith have reflected the principle of her order's foundress, Saint Mary Euphrasia, who often said, "One person is of more value than a world."

She branched out of her order's traditional ministry when she asked to be assigned to parish work. First at St. Francis_St. Philip Parish and, since 2005, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Sister Mary has supervised after_school and summer camp programs focused on literacy, young_adult leadership and academic enrichment for children and teens from the parish and the broader Dudley Square community.

Sister Mary's ministry has received honors reserved for those who labor quietly in service to others, including the Robert L. Ruffin Award and The Philanthropic Initiative's Boston

Neighborhood Fellows Award. For filling the afternoons and summer days of children in need with love and enrichment, and embodying the Sisters of the Good Shepherd's mission to honor and respect the dignity of each person as a child of God, Boston College awards Sister Mary Hart the degree of Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa.

Joy Haywood Moore

Joy Haywood Moore is not only a champion of girls' schools, she is a shining example of the heights that can be achieved by their graduates. An alumna of Dana Hall School, an independent school for young women in nearby Wellesley, her commitment to women's education has defined her life's work. This passion has taken her halfway across the globe to South Africa where she serves as interim head at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, founded by Oprah Winfrey in fulfillment of a promise made to Nelson Mandela. Under Moore's skillful direction, hundreds of South African girls have been given the rare opportunity to move beyond barriers and embark on a journey that will benefit both them and their country.

A graduate of the Lynch School of Education who has directed both The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles and her alma mater, Dana Hall, she understands the capacity of education to change lives. Having served as a trustee of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, she puts into practice their belief that girls' schools are the most powerful, transformative learning environments for young women. For a career dedicated to guiding young women on a path of achievement, growth and leadership, Boston College proudly confers upon Joy Haywood Moore the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor

As the faithful leader of the Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales, His Eminence Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, has inspired and enriched the lives of some five million Catholics.

He has guided thousands through spiritual and pastoral renewal - to strengthen and deepen their faith - as architect of the grassroots program "At Your Word, Lord." Among his devoted flock are hundreds of Facebook friends.

When our collective attention was drawn to Rome in 2005, he was among members of the College of Cardinals who elected the Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. During a lifetime dedicated to the Lord's work, he has expressed in words and deeds his firm belief in the vigorous life of the Church, and its crucial role in society.

He reflected on his priestly ministry at the Golden Jubilee of his Ordination at London's Westminster Cathedral, the mother Church of his Catholic community. The essence of priesthood, he said in his homily, is to be of service to others.

Boston College, which seeks to foster in its graduates an enduring commitment to faith, hope and service, hails the depth and breadth of his vocation and declares Cardinal Cormac Murphy_O'Connor Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.