SUBJECT: Honorary Degree Candidates
Approval of the following candidates to receive Honorary Degrees at the 1999 Commencement ceremony:
Billie Moore - Doctor of Humane Letters
Greg Brenneman - Doctor of Commerce
President Farley recommends that the Board approve the awarding of theses two Honorary Degrees
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President
Greg Brenneman, President and Chief Operating Officer of Continental Airlines, is a native of Hesston, Kansas. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with distinction from Harvard Business School and a Bachelors of Administration of Business in Accounting/Finance, summa cum laude from Washburn University.
Brenneman has served in his present position since 1994 and is the youngest person to be a chief operating officer of a billion dollar corporation. He is responsible for all scheduling, pricing, marketing, technical and flight and airport operations for Continental Airlines and for its subsidiaries, Continental Micronesia and Continental Express. Brenneman with CEO, Gordon Bethune, developed and implemented the Go Forward Plan, a comprehensive four-tiered strategy that in 1995 and 1996 resulted in the airline's most successful year in its history, both operationally and financially.
Recently, the carrier became the only airlines in history to earn Frequent Flyer Magazine/J.D. Power and Associates award two years in a row for customer satisfaction on long-haul flights. Additionally, Continental was named 1996 "Airline of the Year" by Air Transport World and was rated as having the best business class product among U.S. carriers by both Entrepreneur and Smart Money magazines. Continental also received the `Grand Slam Award' as the only airline to finish in the top three of the four Department of Transportation measurements (on-time, baggage handling, fewest customer complaints and involuntary denied boardings).
Brenneman currently serves as a board member of J. Cruz (BFI), as a trustee of the Washburn Endowment Association and received the 1997 Washburn Alumni Fellows Award. He will receive an Honorary Doctor of Commerce Degree.
Billie Jean Moore has been deemed one of the most successful coaches in the history of women's intercollegiate basketball. Moore coached at UCLA for 16 seasons, leading the school to nine conference championships, eight Top 10 finishes and two national titles. She was recognized nationally as the 1978 College Basketball Coach of the Year.
Internationally, Moore's success was unmatched by any other American coach. She served as head coach of the 1976 U.S. Olympic women's basketball team in the Montreal Games and won the silver medal. Moore also directed the 1973 and 1975 U.S. entries in the World University Games and the 1975 U.S. Pan American Games team. Due to her extensive knowledge and background in the sport, she assisted in the selection of virtually every major U.S. international team since the 1976 Games.
The Westmoreland, Kansas native has published a book on women's basketball and has her own "Talking Basketball" tape series. Moore is a popular speaker at numerous clinics and banquets around the country. Recently in USA Today she was named as one of the five pioneering coaches who put basketball on the map as the largest women's team sport.
She earned an undergraduate degree in 1966 from Washburn University and a Master's Degree from Southern Illinois University. Moore will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.