SUBJECT: Honorary Degree Candidates
Approval of the following candidates to receive Honorary Degrees at the 2000 Commencement ceremony:
John C. "Jack" Dicus - Doctor of Humane Letters
Jack Richmond - Doctor of Commerce
Delano Lewis - Doctor of Law
President Farley recommends that the Board approve the awarding of these three Honorary Degrees.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President
John C. (Jack) Dicus is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capitol Federal Savings, a federally chartered, FDIC-insured savings association, which was founded in 1893 and serves its customers through 25 full service and six limited service banking offices.
He also serves as Chairman of Capitol Federal Foundation, an independent charitable foundation created when Capitol Federal Savings adopted a plan to reorganize as a capital stock savings institution under its mutual holding company. The foundation serves the metropolitan areas of Topeka, Emporia, Lawrence, Manhattan, Olathe, Salina, Wichita and a portion of the greater Kansas City area. The Foundation's recent gift of $750,000 ranks as one of the top three largest gifts ever received by Washburn University from a foundation.
A long time supporter of Washburn University, Capitol Federal Savings has provided more than $924,700 in cumulative gifts and pledges for several scholarship funds, KTWU/Channel 11, Washburn Women's Alliance, Mabee Library, Executive-in-Residence program, Washburn Athletics, Washburn Fund and the Living Learning Center.
For his tireless efforts in business and the community, Jack Dicus has received immeasurable recognition and success. He was the 1990 recipient of the Fred Ellsworth Medallion at the University of Kansas. In 1992, he received the Topeka Community Foundation Leadership Award and was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. In 1995, he was honored as the Scottish Rite 33 Mason, and in 1998, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Kansas School of Business.
Dicus will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the May commencement ceremonies.
Delano E. Lewis, a 1963 graduate of the Washburn School of Law was born in Arkansas City and grew up in Kansas City, Kansas.
On June 7, 1999, Lewis was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as the United States Ambassador to South Africa. That appointment was confirmed by the Senate in November and he and his wife, Gayle, moved to the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria in December. Prior to this appointment, Lewis served as President and CEO for National Public Radio, the Washington, D.C. based public radio network that provides news and cultural programming to over 500 member stations across the United States and Europe.
Shortly after graduating from Washburn, he was appointed staff attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Internal Security Division. Two years later he became a lawyer in the Office of Analysis and Advice in the newly created U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission. He served in the Peace Corps, first as Associate Director in Nigeria and then as Country Director in Uganda. In 1973, he joined the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company as the Public Affairs Manager and climbed the corporate ladder to President in 1988 and CEO in 1990.
He has received many awards for his achievements including being honored by the Helen Hayes Foundation, the D.C. Community Humanities Council, the YMCA and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. He was named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine in 1978 and Kansan of the Year by the Topeka Capital-Journal in 1999.
Lewis will receive an Honorary Doctor of Law at the May commencement ceremonies.
Jack Richmond received a B.A. in History from Washburn University in 1950. He was a member of the Alpha Delta fraternity and Washburn Players, serving as president of both groups.
Jack served as an officer in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Following that, he taught in junior high schools in California and Kansas. In 1956 he was accepted by Southwestern Bell, an opportunity that led to a career with the company spanning 12 years.
While working with Southwestern Bell in California, Jack learned about a Pizza Hut franchise that was for sale in Texas. He knew one of the original franchisers in Kansas and knew the restaurant represented a tremendous opportunity. In 1968 he started Richmond Enterprises, Inc., in San Antonio with this one underperforming Pizza Hut.
The company has expanded to include 27 units and is one of the stronger franchises in America. As the company grew, Jack's involvement in the community grew. In addition to United Way support, the stores underwrite the Midnight Basketball league for inner city young adults, and help underwrite the Boy Scout Jamboree each year. He is presently a director of the SPURS Foundation, the Alamo Council of Boy Scouts, and the Witte Museum.
He has twice been named "Outstanding Restaurateur" by the San Antonio Restaurant Association and has been inducted into the Texas Restaurant Association "Hall of Honor." He has twice been voted "Layman of the Year" by the Bexar Kiwanis Club of San Antonio. In 1997 he was recognized as a Washburn Alumni Fellow by the College of Arts and Sciences. One of his greatest accomplishments, however, might be instilling a sense of community and service in his hundreds of past and present employees.
Richmond will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commerce at the May commencement ceremonies.