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Nationally recognized journalist John S. Carroll to deliver Transylvania University commencement address on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m.

John Carroll
John Carroll

LEXINGTON, Ky.—Veteran journalist John S. Carroll will deliver the commencement address at Transylvania University on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. on the steps of historic Old Morrison, where 260 seniors will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Carroll, a member of the Transylvania Board of Trustees, is a nationally recognized leader in the field of journalism. He is a veteran of more than four decades of editorial and executive experience at five metropolitan daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the Lexington Herald-Leader. He directed coverage that won numerous Pulitzer Prizes for the Los Angeles and Lexington papers, as well as the Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer.

During his tenure in Lexington, he spearheaded an investigative series of reports titled Cheating Our Children. The series exposed flaws in Kentucky’s public education system, which helped led to the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990.

He was a Neiman Fellow at Harvard University, a Knight Visiting Lecturer at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a Visiting Journalist Fellow at Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford University.

Continuing the tradition of a graduating senior speaking at commencement on behalf of the students, Marshall Allen Jolly, an American Studies major and Communications minor from Paris, Ky., has been selected to represent the Class of 2009.

Carroll will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his considerable achievements as a national leader in journalism and for his support of Transylvania through his role as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Also receiving honorary degrees are Charles T. Ambrose and Malcolm L. Warford.

Ambrose is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. After earning his M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School, he was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and became the first exchange professor from Harvard to the College de France, Paris. Ambrose has an avid interest in the history of medicine and is a bibliophile who has conducted research on and written about historic texts. He has taken particular interest in the story of Transylvania’s nineteenth-century medical school, and he played a leading role in a medical history symposium held at Transylvania in the summer of 2007 that focused on the college’s historic medical school and the medical history of the Ohio Valley region. Ambrose is a regular contributor to the award-winning Transylvania Treasures, the scholarly magazine that highlights the University’s historic holdings in texts and scientific apparatus, along with outstanding Transylvanians.  

Warford is a nationally prominent scholar and educator in the field of religion. After earning his Transylvania B.A. degree in philosophy and religion, he earned a B.D. from Andover Newton Theological School and an Ed.D. from Columbia University. He is a former president of Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine. In his teaching and writing, Warford has focused on leadership, education and the ministry. From 1998-2008 he led the Lexington Seminar, a program of the Lexington Theological Seminary, which convened leaders from five theological schools each summer to discuss reforms in theological education. He is a consultant to major national foundations on the subject of vocation.

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