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2011 Honorary Degree Recipients

Harriet G. Mertz '48, M.M.Ed., M.L.S., Ed.S.

Joseph J. Mowad, M.D., FACS

Harold H. Saunders, Ph.D.


Harriet G. Mertz ’48, M.M.Ed., M.L.S., Ed.S.


Honorary Doctor of Arts, Letters and Humanities

Harriet Mertz’s extensive career and life experiences have revolved around her passion for music, teaching, directing and performance.

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Susquehanna University in 1948. She later earned a master's degree in music education from the University of Miami; an education specialist degree in communications from Vanderbilt University; and a master's degree in library science from the University of Missouri.

Mertz served as the television and audiovisual media specialist/coordinator at South Miami Senior High School and taught at the University of Miami as a member of the adjunct music faculty. She was night librarian at Palm Beach Community College, as well as professor of music appreciation. She also taught at Kyoto University of Japan and did postgraduate work at Chenchi University in Taiwan. She pioneered television production training in Dade County, Fla., schools.  As a result, she was asked to draft the state curriculum—Student Performance Standards for Television Production—for the State of Florida.

As a professional voice instructor, music director, singer, pianist and actress, Mertz met and worked with many famous show business personalities throughout her career. For example, she oversaw the first studio production for Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, at her own Electronic Media School in Miami.

Among the service activities with which Mertz is involved is providing counseling and support to families affected by Alzheimer's disease. Her beloved husband, John, SU class of 1949, died of the disease in 2008. In retirement, Mertz continues to direct shows and perform with a musical group she formed, the Note-ables, at her retirement village in Pompano Beach, Fla., as well as on the road by invitation.

Joseph J. Mowad, M.D., FACS

Senior Vice President of Geisinger Health System
Director Emeritus of the Urology Department at Geisinger Medical Center

Honorary Doctor of Science 

Joseph Mowad, of Danville, Pa., is senior vice president of Geisinger Health System and director emeritus of the urology department at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), Danville, where he has worked since 1968.

He earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb., after studying at the University of Scranton, graduating magna cum laude. He completed his urological and surgical residency at the University of Maryland. 

In addition to general urology, his clinical interests include stone disease, applications of lasers for urologic conditions and prostate disease.

He has served as department chair and assistant medical director at GMC, as well as assistant to the president of Geisinger Clinic. He has served on the board of directors for many Geisinger entities, including Geisinger Clinic, Marworth, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and GMC.

Other professional memberships include the American Board of Urology and the American College of Surgeons. He also served as chairman of the Governor's Renal Disease Advisory Committee and is past president of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association.

In Danville, Mowad served on the board of directors of First National Bank and was elected to the Fulton Financial Corporation’s board of directors. He has also served on the Montour County Recreation Authority, the Montour County Advisory Board on Drug and Alcohol Problems and the Montour County Child Welfare Services advisory board. He was also a member of the board of directors for Maria Joseph Manor, and is currently on the board of directors of Bloomsburg University.

Harold H. Saunders, Ph.D. 

Director of International Affairs, the Kettering Foundation

Honorary Degree Recipient: Degree in Arts, Letters and Humanities

Harold H. Saunders is director of international affairs at the Kettering Foundation, founder and president of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (IISD), and former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs.

As director of international affairs of The Kettering Foundation—an independent, nonpartisan organization that conducts research, from the perspective of citizens, on what people collectively can do to address problems affecting their lives, their community and their nation—Saunders has played a key role in such research programs as the Dartmouth Conferences, the U.S./China dialogue and the International Civil Society Exchange.

Saunders is also the architect of Sustained Dialogue, “a public peace process” designed to change relationships among those in deep-rooted human conflicts. As chairman and president of the IISD, he conducted peace-making and peace-building dialogues during and following the civil war in Tajikistan, a three-year dialogue to improve relationships between the Muslim Arab heartland and the West, and a dialogue on national reconciliation with participants from across the political spectrum in Iraq. IISD is also the institutional base for the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network now operating on some 15 college campuses, including Susquehanna University’s.

Saunders’ career as one of the world’s most respected and knowledgeable diplomats on Middle Eastern affairs began in 1961 when he joined the National Security Council staff, where he served as a resource to three U.S. presidents. In 1974, he was appointed deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs. In 1974 and 1975, he flew on the Kissinger shuttles and was a member of the small team, along with the secretary of state, that mediated three Arab-Israeli disengagement agreements after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. In 1978, President Carter appointed him assistant secretary of state for the region, giving Saunders a central role in some of the era’s most significant developments in the Middle East, including the Camp David Accords and the 1979 hostage crisis involving U.S. embassy officials in Tehran, Iran.

Previously, he was a lecturer at George Washington University, an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

After leaving government in 1981, he was a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute until 1986 and at the Brookings Institution until 1991. He has also been a visiting professor at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and George Mason University's Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Saunders received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1952 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1956. He has served as a trustee at Princeton.

Saunders is the author of Politics Is About Relationship: A Blueprint for the Citizens’ Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and A Public Peace Process: Sustained Dialogue to Transform Racial and Ethnic Conflicts (St. Martin’s Press, 1999). Among awards he has received are the 2010 Walter and Leonore Annenberg Award for Excellence in Diplomacy from the American Academy of Diplomacy and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from Search for Common Ground, which honors outstanding accomplishments in conflict resolution, community building and peacemaking.

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