Excelsior College Awards Honorary Degree to Lt. General (Ret.) Arthur J. Gregg
Albany, N.Y. (July 30, 2012) - Excelsior College has awarded an honorary degree to Lt. General (Ret.) Arthur J. Gregg for his outstanding contributions to the United States Military, numerous private sector enterprises, and Excelsior College. Gregg was presented his Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, during Commencement ceremonies July 13 in Albany.
"Lt. General Gregg has dedicated the better part of six decades to the military, business, and higher education, exhibiting strong leadership in the face of one our industry's greatest challenges - expanding access to degree completion," said Excelsior College President John F. Ebersole. "His commitment to serving the underserved is one that runs parallel to our own. We are proud to bestow this honorary degree to Lt. General Gregg."
Gregg's 35 years of distinguished military service began as an enlisted private and ended as the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics in Washington, DC. He served in two wars, Korean and Vietnam, and retired from active duty in 1981. Since then, he has held several senior-level private sector positions with Cox Cable, American Coastal Industries, Steeltech Manufacturing, and James Martin Government Intelligence. In 1993 he was appointed to the Board of Overseers for Regents College, the predecessor to Excelsior College, and became chair in 1997. Gregg was appointed a founding trustee and chair of the Board of Trustees of Excelsior College in 1998, and in 2008, he was named chair emeritus. He continues to serve on Excelsior's President's Advisory Council.
In addition, Gregg and friend Robert Kinsinger created the Charlene Gregg and Bobbie Kinsinger Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for students at Excelsior.
General Gregg earned a bachelor's degree from Saint Benedict College, summa cum laude, and completed graduate-level studies at the Army War College and the Command and General Staff College. He also attended the concentrated Executive Program in National Security at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In his honor, Excelsior College has also created an annual award to an active duty member of the military.