Honorary Degree – Doctor of Humane Letters
Margery A. Pinet
This year’s candidate for the doctor of humane letters, honoris causa, will be presented to Margery A. Pinet. For more than thirty years, Pinet has served the College as an adjunct writing instructor, director of the Academic Learning Center (now the Center for Teaching and Learning), academic dean, executive vice president, highly respected member of the faculty, trustee, and most recently as vice chair of the College’s Board of Trustees. She was also appointed chair of the campus committee for the College’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign.
Pinet established the Washburn Distinguished Lectures, a series of talks about current issues confronting society. She also created the Washburn Junior Fellowship, a year-long opportunity for students to expand their academic and research opportunities. Both were created in honor of her parents. Pinet received the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1988, was honored with the Presidential Medallion in 2000, and in 2006, the Board of Trustees unanimously granted her the highly esteemed status of professor emerita. She retired from her full-time position in August 2006, but has continued to teach at the College. In October 2010, Pinet was inducted into the Cazenovia College Athletics Hall of Fame.