Southern Utah State College will award five honorary doctoral degrees during the school's June 4 commencement exercises.
Degrees will be granted to Dr. Duane J. Gubler, director of San Juan Laboratories, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Jay Dee Harris, president and owner of Harris Truck & Equipment Company; community service worker Alice Christopherson Harris; George C. Hatch, chairman of KUTV Inc.; and Earl L. Jones Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of International Broadcast Systems Ltd.Jones will deliver the commencement address during the 9 a.m. ceremonies in the SUSC Centrum.
"All five individuals have made indelible contributions in their chosen professions and to the state of Utah," said SUSC President Gerald R. Sherratt. "They are being honored at SUSC's 91st commencement in recognition of their dedication and competence as well as for their lifetime accomplishments."
Gubler will receive an honorary doctor of science degree. The other four will be awarded honorary doctorates of humanities.
SUSC will award 450 bachelor's degrees, in addition to master's of accountancy degrees and master's of education degrees awarded through a cooperative SUSC/Utah State University program.
Nearly 100 associate degrees and one- and two-year certificates of vocational competency will be awarded June 3 during baccalaureate and vocational commencement.
Gubler attended SUSC and received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, respectively, from Utah State University, the University of Hawaii and Johns Hopkins University. He is dengue branch chief at the center for Infectious Diseases and Disease Control and an internationally acclaimed specialist in dengue hemorrhagic fever and vector-borne diseases.
Jay Dee Harris started his career in the retail gasoline business in 1932. In 1970 he developed the world's largest construction train, which is capable of moving the largest loads of earth ever carried on rubber tires. A former member of the Utah State Board of Regents, Harris is director of First Security Corp. and the Ogden Division of First Security Bank of Utah.
Alice C. Harris, his wife, plays an active role in Harris Truck & Equipment Company and is a driving force in community activities and programs. She has worked as an assistant postmistress in Tremonton and was named a recipient of the Utah Lions' State Humanitarian Award for her ongoing involvement with various art, athletic, religious, community and cultural organizations.
Hatch is originally from Erie, Pa. In addition to his responsibilities at KUTV Inc., he is chairman of Kansas State Network Inc. with television stations in Kansas and Nebraska; chairman of the board for The Intermountain Network Inc., an organization of 89 radio stations; and president of Mountain Cable Network Inc., Salt Lake City. In the newspaper business, he is treasurer of The Standard Corp. and president of Sun Progress Inc. He is a past member and chairman of the State Board of Regents.
Jones, who is also owner of the National Basketball Association Denver Nuggets, founded International Broadcast Systems Ltd., a Dallas-based television advertising and program distribution firm, in March 1986. The firm has business operations in 56 countries. Previously he worked as a television advertising accounting executive, as a general sales manager and as a founding partner of several television stations. He lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.