Honorary Degree Citation for Samuel G. Rose
Citation presented by Stephanie Balmer
Vice President for Enrollment,
Marketing & Communications
and Dean of Admissions
Conferring of the degree by William G. Durden, President
Samuel G. Rose, you embody the transformational power of vision, leadership and generosity. Through your commercial real-estate development work, your commitment to equality and environmental stewardship, and your support of affordability and the student experience at Dickinson and elsewhere, you have changed innumerable lives and are helping to forge a more equitable and sustainable future.
You graduated from Dickinson in 1958 with a degree in political science and as a member of the college's first national champion lacrosse team. After earning a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1961, you launched a successful four-decade commercial real-estate development career that has reshaped and reinvigorated blighted urban areas.
In 1983, when the area surrounding Washington, D.C.'s Union Station looked barren to most developers, you saw the future, purchasing land there and developing a one million square-foot complex that now houses such tenants as CNN and the U.S. Department of Education. More recently, your efforts to help establish the New York Avenue Metro Station helped turn the area north of the U.S. Capitol into one of D.C.'s fastest-growing, most desirable submarkets, NoMa.
Your transformational impact, however, only begins with your professional work. Through private philanthropy, you have granted access to higher education to hundreds of students who otherwise couldn't afford it. The Samuel G. Rose '58 Scholarship Fund, which you've endowed with roughly $10 million, has increased diversity threefold at Dickinson and helped make the college an engine of change for economically disadvantaged students. Combined with similar scholarship programs you established at Johns Hopkins University and the Washington Center for Political Leadership, this has built a more level playing field for academic achievement, financial success and civic leadership for today's youth.
Recognizing that environmental sustainability is one of the defining issues these students will face, you have also taken steps to better arm them for their future. The Sam Rose '58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, which you established with your wife Julie Walters in 2012, brings environmental experts and activists to Dickinson for a short-term residency each year. Added to Dickinson's robust sustainability curricular and operational initiatives, this program will help the next generation of leaders wrestle with the signature challenge of the 21st century-sustaining the planet and its resources.
As these students prepare for this challenge, they will also benefit from enhanced school spirit, superior fitness resources and improved athletics facilities thanks to you and Julie. Your naming gift has enabled the college to begin construction on the Durden Athletic Training Center, which will provide new locker rooms, strength-training and sports-medicine facilities and more for future generations of Dickinsonians.
As a vice chair at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an emeritus trustee at Dickinson, and a member of Dickinson's Founders' Society, you clearly understand that philanthropy is vital to institutions and their ability to effect social change. More importantly, through the impact of your efforts, you have shown that philanthropy is more than generosity. It is vision; it is leadership; it is seeing the future and making it happen.
Mr. President, for his commitment to seeing the future and making it happen, it is my honor to present to you Samuel G. Rose for the honorary degree of Doctor of Philanthropy.
Samuel G. Rose, upon the recommendation of the Faculty to the Board of Trustees, and by its mandamus, I confer upon you the Degree of Doctor of Philanthropy, honoris causa, with all the rights, privileges, and distinction thereunto appertaining, in token of which I present you with this diploma and cause you to be invested with the hood of Dickinson College appropriate to the degree.