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Honorary Degrees

Through honorary degrees, Excelsior College recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development and welfare of not only the College, but society.

Doctor of Humane letters (honoris causa)

Dr. Robert E. Kinsinger

Consultant, National Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Vice President (Ret.), W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Trustee Emeritus, Excelsior College

Robert E. Kinsinger, EdD, is a former vice president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. He was also a member of the board of directors of Jossey-Bass Inc. and chair of the board of trustees and executive committee of The Fielding Institute. He is currently a consultant for the national Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). Throughout his professional career, Dr. Kinsinger has concentrated on activities involving educational planning for higher education, lifelong learning, alternative learning lifestyles, and education for the allied health professions.

While completing his doctoral degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in the 1950s, he began working with Dr. Mildred Montag, whose own groundbreaking research had posited the associate degree in nursing as the entry to the field of registered nursing. Kinsinger joined her in the eye of the storm, promoting associate degree nursing around the country. Following his work at Columbia, and with a strong reputation in the field, he held a number of consulting positions on community colleges and associate degree nursing. New York State was at the heart of the revolution in nursing, and he worked extensively with the State Education Department (SED) to shape the new associate degree in nursing (ADN).

Kinsinger’s friendship with Dr. Montag, and his relationships with individuals at SED, gave him awareness of the Regents External Degree Program (later known as Regents College and then Excelsior College) and its desire to develop an associate degree program in nursing. His experience with associate degree in nursing programming and his work with the National League for Nursing made him a natural ally. He became deeply involved in the program’s funding proposal to the Kellogg Foundation and made the initial grant award to fund development of the new associate degree in nursing program. Based upon the success of the first award, Kellogg funded the establishment of the Regents’ Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

In 1983, Kinsinger retired to Cali