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Honorary Degree Recipients

Allan E. Goodman

Donald C. Leidel

Lucille M. (Groff) Arthur


Allan E. Goodman

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Before his tenure as the sixth president of the Institute of International Education, Goodman was executive dean of the School of Foreign Service and professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of books on international affairs published by Harvard, Princeton and Yale university presses. He served as presidential briefing coordinator for the director of central intelligence in the Carter Administration.

Subsequently, he was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing, helped create the first U.S. academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam.

Goodman has served as a consultant to Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the United States Information Agency and IBM. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), co-president of the Partner University Fund (PUF) Grant Review Committee, and a member of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program and the Jefferson Scholarship selection panels. He also serves on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation International Quality Group Advisory Council and the board of trustees of the Education Above All Foundation.

Goodman has a Ph.D. in government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University. He also holds honorary degrees from Chatham and Toyota universities, Dickinson, Middlebury, Mount Ida and Ramapo colleges, and The State University of New York. He has received awards from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, South Florida and Tufts universities, and the Légion d’honneur from France. He was awarded the inaugural Gilbert Medal for Internationalization by Universitas 21 in May 2012.


Donald C. Leidel

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Leidel has had a distinguished career in Washington, D.C. and countries around the world while serving 41 years in government service with the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Air Force and the Department of State.

Following an internship at the state department in 1961, he led its training program for Foreign Service employees. He also served as dean of the School of Professional Studies at the Foreign Service Institute; executive director of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; executive director of the Bureau of European Affairs; and deputy director of management operations, a position for which he received the department’s Superior Honor Award.

Leidel was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain in 1983, and served as the country’s top U.S. diplomat for three consecutive years and again for a brief period in 1989. In retirement, his work included consultancies with the Foreign Ministry of Slovakia and the Foreign Ministry of Oman.

In August 1992, Secretary of State James Baker III presented him with the John Jacob Rogers Award for his selfless dedication to public service and distinguished achievements in American diplomacy.

In 1994, Leidel served as the Scarff distinguished professor of diplomacy at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis. He holds a bachelor’s degree and two law degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 and graduated from Officer Candidate School as a distinguished graduate in 1952.


Lucille M. (Groff) Arthur

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Lucille Arthur is the widow of 1949 Susquehanna graduate Douglas E. Arthur, who received an honorary degree from the university in 1996 and served as a voting and emeritus member of Susquehanna’s Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. Born and raised in the Harrisburg area, Lucille worked for Nationwide Insurance.

For many years, the Arthurs took a personal interest in making a Susquehanna University education possible for students. In 1987, they established a scholarship in their names to support students with strong academic credentials from the Millersburg (Dauphin County) area.

They were also enthusiastic supporters of Susquehanna’s athletics program, frequently attending Crusader football games and Quarterback Club luncheons on campus. Together, the Arthurs made a commitment to endow the athletic director position at Susquehanna.

In 2004, Lucille made a gift in honor of her husband to commemorate his steadfast encouragement of fellow graduates in supporting their alma mater. Her gift gave life to the Douglas E. Arthur Plaza on campus, at the front of the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, which recognizes members of the Susquehanna Society, whose lifetime contributions to the university exceed $1 million.




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