Office of the Provost

Welcome from the Academic Honors Committee Chairs

As Co-Chairs of the Academic Honors Committee, it is our pleasure to invite you to view the Academic Honors Committee website.  On this website, you will be able to find the current faculty membership of the Academic Honors Committee and a description of the work it does to enhance the academic life of the University.  The website was created also to provide information on the processes for nomination, evaluation and approval of Distinguished University Professors and of Honorary Degree candidates.

The Academic Honors Committee has a long history, as it was formed in 1985 when the University of Toledo and its Board of Trustees undertook to identify and appoint the first Distinguished University Professors.  A Distinguished University Professorship is the highest academic honor the University of Toledo can bestow on its faculty.  There are currently 19 Distinguished University Professors, each of whose biography and year of appointment can be seen here.

The University of Toledo has an even longer history of conferring Honorary Degrees, with the first bestowed in 1917.  We hope you will enjoy reading the names of the University’s honorees and the various academic, political, legal, artistic, industrial and business backgrounds that led to their recognition.  You will also be able to learn the principles that govern the selection and nomination processes by which the University and the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the College of Law and the College of Medicine and Life Sciences identify candidates for honorary degrees and the procedures used by the Academic Honors Committee to evaluate and recommend them to the Provost.  As with Distinguished University Professors, the University’s Board of Trustees approves all honorary degrees.

We hope the Academic Honors Committee website is an informative and helpful resource for the faculty and colleges of the University of Toledo.

Bill Ayres Barlow

Bill Ayres, Ph.D.
Academic Honors Committee Co-Chair     

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Jamie Barlowe, Ph.D.
Academic Honors Committee Co-Chair      

Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs




Last Updated: 7/31/19