Spring Arbor University will confer an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters upon Charles Carey, longtime professor of mathematics, during the morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11.
Carey joined the Spring Arbor faculty in 1964 and has faithfully taught students and helped the university advance to a four-year, fully-accredited college granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is currently finishing his final semester as a full-time faculty at the university.
“It is a privilege to recognize an academic legend at Spring Arbor University,” says Chuck Webb, university president. “Charlie Carey’s faithful service to this university community and to hundreds of students over the past 49 years is truly special. He will forever be remembered as one of the original ‘Concept Guardians.’”
In addition to teaching math, over the years, Carey has served as departmental chair of the Mathematics/Computer Science/Physics, led cross cultural experiences to the American Southwest, coached tennis, served as president of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and consulted with the Jackson County business and educational community. He also served on search committees for four vice presidents of academic affairs and three university presidents.
Carey has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Harold Darling Keeper of the Concept Award, the Cross Cultural Studies Faculty Award, the Excellence in Teaching Award and the Leroy Lowell Award for “consistency and outstanding contribution to the educational ministry of Spring Arbor University,” and induction into the SAU Athletic Hall of Fame.
SAU has bestowed honorary doctorates upon distinguished individuals since 1965 when the first honorary doctorate was given to former U.S. president Gerald R. Ford. Since that time, 35 honorary doctorates have been given, the most recent of which was in 2010 to Glenn White. In addition to Carey, Spring Arbor University is recognizing Jack Andrews with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.