Florida State University will award an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to prominent Florida businessman, former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and former chairman of the FSU Board of Trustees Allan Bense in recognition of his years as a dedicated public servant and his devotion to his alma mater, Florida State University. The Event will take place on Monday, March 25th.
Florida State University President John Thrasher will preside over the private, invitation-only event. Speakers will include Will Weatherford, former Florida Speaker of the House and Bense’s son-in-law, and Ed Burr, chair of the FSU Board of Trustees.
Each year, the FSU Honorary Degree Committee, an advisory committee appointed by the president to represent the university community, considers nominations for an honorary degree. Any active or retired faculty member, member of the university community or friend of the university may suggest potential honorary degree recipients to the committee.
Nominations are considered throughout the year. In general, the committee intends to honor people of outstanding achievement who have gained national or international recognition or made a significant scholarly, creative, public, business or humane contribution to the United States or to Florida State University.