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5/14/2014
SAINT MARY'S UNIV. OF MN

Saint Mary's University honors Thomas Kilbride with honorary degree

Saint Mary's University honors Thomas Kilbride with honorary degree

WINONA, Minn. - In recognition of 30 years of service and ethical leadership as a committed public servant, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, J.D., a 1978 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota alumnus, was presented with an honorary doctorate by Saint Mary's at its commencement ceremony May 10 in Winona.

Justice Kilbride was awarded a Doctor of Ethical Leadership degree, honoris causa, for conscientiously serving the people of the State of Illinois for more than 30 years. His career began as an attorney in Rock Island, Ill., where he engaged in the general practice of law while providing significant pro bono service to clients and organizations. He was elected to the Supreme Court of Illinois for the Third District in 2000 and served as Chief Justice from 2010-13. The award honors him for his "outstanding leadership, professional competence and significant accomplishment."

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About Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. A private Lasallian Catholic institution, Saint Mary's offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the schools of graduate and professional programs, which offers master's and doctoral degrees, as well as bachelor's degree completion, certificate and specialist programs. The university delivers education to adults through campuses in Winona, Minneapolis and Nairobi, Kenya; centers in Apple Valley, Rochester and Oakdale; and at numerous other locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica. Saint Mary's is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

Contact:
Deb Nahrgang,
Communication Director
507-457-6966
dnahrgan@smumn.edu
www.smumn.edu/press

 

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, J.D., received a Doctor of Ethical Leadership from Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary's University, left; and Michael Gostomski, chair of the Saint Mary's Board of Trustees, right.

 

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