For release: April 24, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis will award an honorary doctor of letters degree to Memphis
businessman and philanthropist Robert F. “Bobby” Fogelman during spring Commencement
ceremonies Saturday, May 9, at FedExForum. Don Hutson will be the featured speaker
at both the morning and afternoon ceremonies, when the University will award a total
of 1,521 degrees, including 41 doctorates.
In a 10 a.m. ceremony, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication
and Fine Arts, and the University College will confer degrees.
At 2 p.m., Commencement will be held for the Fogelman College of Business & Economics,
the College of Education, the Herff College of Engineering, the Loewenberg School
of Nursing, and the School of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Fogelman will receive his honorary degree during the afternoon session.
The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will hold its graduation Sunday, May 10, at 3
p.m. at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
Fogelman has been an unqualified success in business while simultaneously serving
Memphis’ higher education, arts, and health communities. He is president of Fogelman
Investment Company and a former director of numerous private and public companies.
Robert F. Fogelman
In 1989 a group of business and community leaders led by Fogelman formed the University
of Memphis’ Board of Visitors. The BOV serves as an advisory board to the U of M’s
president, helping the University achieve excellence and attain national recognition.
Fogelman served as the BOV’s first chairman and is also a past president of the U
of M Foundation Board of Trustees.
In 1980, the Fogelman family was honored by having the College of Business named the
Fogelman College of Business & Economics. The Fogelman Executive Center, a state-of-the-art
conference facility, opened on campus in 1987. The Morris S. Fogelman Chair in Real
Estate, within the Fogelman College, was established in honor of Bobby Fogelman’s
father in 1975. In recognition of these and many other contributions, Bobby Fogelman
was honored as a Distinguished Friend of the University of Memphis in 1987.
Fogelman is chairman of the Opera Memphis Endowment and the Memphis Jewish Federation
Endowment. He also serves on the Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the U
of M Investment Committee. He is a former trustee of several organizations, including
the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Minneapolis
College of Art and Design, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Shelby Farms.
He is a past chairman of the Memphis College of Art and St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
Recently Fogelman and his wife, Martha, donated more than 180 pieces of sub-Saharan
African art to the University of Memphis Art Museum. This diverse collection features
such objects as a beaded Yoruba priest’s tunic, a cast metal Benin head from Nigeria,
and a wooden Fang funerary mask from Gabon. These works provide a rich core of valuable
research and study material for students and visitors to the museum.
Fogelman earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School
at the University of Pennsylvania.
Hutson successfully worked his way through the University of Memphis, graduating in
1967 with a degree in marketing. After becoming the top salesperson in a national
training organization, he established his own training firm and soon was in demand
as a professional speaker. Today Hutson’s client list is primarily Fortune 1000 companies,
and he has been featured in more than100 training films. He is chairman and CEO of
U.S. Learning and makes some 75 speaking appearances a year. Additionally, he is chairman
of the board of Executive Books and is on the advisory board of Success magazine.
Hutson is regularly featured on the television networks PBS and TSTN.
He is a member of the University of Memphis Board of Visitors and the U of M Foundation
Board of Trustees.
Hutson is the author of nine books, including The Sale and his latest, The One Minute Entrepreneur, a New York Times No.1 best seller that he co-authored with Dr. Ken Blanchard, noted management expert
and author of The One-Minute Manager.
Hutson is a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable. He was elected by his peers
to the presidency of the National Speakers Association and has received its coveted
Cavett Award as member of the year. Hutson has also been inducted into the NSA’s Speakers
Hall of Fame.