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William Peace University Announces Erskine Bowles As 2013 Commencement Speaker Along With Honorary Degree Recipients

By William Peace University on March 12, 2013 8:27 pm

Former President of the University of North Carolina
And The Late Jacquelin Quesenbery Jeutter
To Receive Recognition From Four-Year Baccalaureate University During May 11 Graduation

 RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Erskine Bowles and the late Jacquelin Quesenbery Jeutter will receive honorary degrees during the university’s commencement ceremony, to be held on Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m., located at 15 E. Peace St. Bowles and Jeutter will receive a Doctor of Public Administration and a Doctor of Humanities degrees respectively.

An American political figure and businessman, Bowles will serve as the 2013 William Peace University Commencementcommencement speaker for William Peace University. With a longstanding career in higher education and politics, Bowles has served as the president of the University of North Carolina, as well as the White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton. In 2010 he was appointed as the Democratic co-chair of President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, alongside former Republican Sen. Alan K. Simpson. Much of his focus during his appointment was co-leading a business group with Simpson, known as The Campaign to Fix the Debt, to address the U.S. debt crisis. Outside of his political responsibilities, Bowles is committed to public service. Nationally, he coordinated the federal response to the Oklahoma City bombing and joined the United Nations as deputy special envoy in the global response to the Southeast Asia tsunami. Equally involved on the statewide level, Bowles has served as the chairman of the N.C. Rural Prosperity Task Force, where he developed a platform to bring economic development to rural communities of North Carolina.

A graduate of the Class of 1950, Jeutter was a longtime alumni supporter prior to her passing in 2012, serving in a variety of capacities including the university’s board of trustees from 2001-2008 and the foundation board from 2009-2011. A member of the prestigious William Peace Society, Jeutter established The Jeutter Family Fund for Unrestricted Endowment and The Jeutter Family Scholarship Fund as ways to give back to the institution and further the Promise of Peace Campaign. During her years on campus, Jeutter was a member of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the university’s athletic association. After graduation, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in education from the University of Virginia. She was a mother of three, and her son, Gerald A. (Jeb) Jeutter, sits on the William Peace University Board of Trustees.

“We are proud to salute the professional accomplishments and longtime community service commitment of Erskine Bowels and Jacquelin Jeutter,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Both individuals have left a mark on this university and our community as a whole. Jacquelin’s legacy of service and dedication to our institution lives on and is an example for others to follow, while Erskine’s political accomplishments have made significant strides for North Carolina collectively. Our honorary degrees mark our highest form of recognition and serve as our way of publicly acknowledging their years of remarkable achievements and service.”

William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.

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