A former Utah governor and an LDS Church leader are among four recipients of honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded at Utah State University's June 3 commencement ceremonies.
Former Gov. Scott Matheson, Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Council of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell and HyClone Laboratories President Rex S. Spendlove will receive the honorary degrees, USU President Stanford Cazier announced Friday.Sowell will deliver the commencement address in a program that begins at 9 a.m. in the Smith Spectrum. Sowell is an editorial page columnist for the Deseret News.
He has economics degrees from Harvard, Columbia and Chicago. His area of research is social visions and economic history of ethnic groups.
Matheson was Utah's governor from 1977 to 1985. He was chairman of the National Governor's Association and president of the Council of State Governments in 1982-83.
The former chairman of the Four Corners Regional Commission and the Western Governors' Policy Office practices law in Salt Lake City, specializing in natural resources, railroad and corporate law. He is chairman of the Democractic National Policy Commission.
Nelson was on the surgical staffs at LDS Hospital and the University Hospital prior to his call to the LDS Church leadership. He has more than 100 professional publications and is included in American Men and Women of Science.
He holds a research professorship of surgery at the U. College of Medicine and held visiting professorships in China and several other nations.
Spendlove was head of the USU Department of Bacteriology and Public Health from 1966 to 1973 and did extensive research in virology.
In 1975 he formed HyClone Laboratories, which processes serum for medical laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. He continues as president of HyClone and of Scientific Advertising & Marketing, Inc. of Logan. In 1982 he was named Utah Businessman of the Year.