University of Idaho Honors Five Distinguished Citizens at 2014 Spring Commencement

Monday, May 12 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – May 12, 2014 – The University of Idaho will present four honorary degrees and a President’s Medallion at spring commencement in Moscow on May 17. The ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. in the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center.

Honorary Degree 

An honorary degree is awarded to a person deserving of honor by virtue of scholarly distinction, noteworthy public service or significant contributions to the state of Idaho. In the selection of candidates for honorary degrees, preference is given to those who are Idaho residents or University of Idaho graduates. 

Sue Hovey 

Hovey, of Moscow, Idaho, earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Idaho in 1968 and Master of Arts in sociology from UI in 1978. She taught American government and sociology as well as served both gifted and at-risk students in Moscow School District from 1968 through 1996. 

She has been recognized locally as Moscow High School’s Teacher of the Year and University of Idaho‘s Outstanding Alumna; statewide as Outstanding Idaho Teacher, IEA’s recipient of the Shane Anderson Outstanding Member Award and the IEA Region II’s Nora Davis Baily Award for Educational Service; and nationally as a winner of ‘The Disney American Teacher Award.’ She was asked to be a member of the charter board of directors for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 1986, and continued on the board until 1993. In 1998 Hovey became an adjunct professor at UI as one of the facilitators of the North Idaho NBPTS Project, a position she held until spring of 2013. Since 1998 she has shepherded over 200 teachers through the complex National Board Certification process.

Retired Maj. Gen. Darrell V. Manning

Manning of Boise, Idaho, and former Idaho adjutant general, has dedicated a lifetime of public service to the people of Idaho. Manning graduated from Utah State University and enlisted in the Air Force in 1955. He served six years in the Air Force, 12 years in the Air Force Reserve and 22 years in the Idaho National Guard, where he served as Adjutant and Commanding General of the Guard for 10 years. 

He served Idaho under eight governors and held posts in the Division of Aeronautics, Idaho Transportation Department, State Board of Education, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Division of Financial Management, the Idaho Military Division, and the Bureau of Disaster Services (now the Bureau of Homeland Security), was one of just two non-legislative members of the 1973 Executive Reorganization Commission that streamlined state government by combining and eliminating state agencies, and served as first director of the Idaho Transportation Department in 1974, leaving in 1985, when he was appointed Adjutant General of the Idaho National Guard. He spent four terms in the Idaho House of Representatives and one in the Idaho Senate. 

Keith Petersen

Petersen, of Pullman, Wash., is the associate director and state historian with the Idaho State Historical Society. He has been researching and writing about Idaho history for more than 30 years.

Petersen is the author of numerous books and articles about Idaho and the Northwest, including, “River of Life, Channel of Death: Fish and Dams on the Lower Snake;” “Company Town: Potlatch, Idaho, and the Potlatch Lumber Company;” and “This Crested Hill: An Illustrated History of the University of Idaho.” Petersen is the only person to have won the Outstanding Book on Idaho twice and the first person to win the Idaho Humanities Council’s annual Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities in Idaho. Petersen previously served as the state’s Lewis and Clark Bicentennial coordinator and editor of Washington State University Press.

Judith Runstad

Runstad, of Seattle, is of counsel and former co-managing partner with Foster Pepper. She has practiced in real estate development and land use and environmental law for 39 years.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science and government from the University of Idaho in 1966 and 1968 and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington.

Runstad serves on the board of directors of Wells Fargo & Company and Potlatch Corporation and is a former chairman of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and director of SAFECO Corporation. For the state of Washington, she co-chaired the Washington Competitiveness Council, the Global Competitiveness Council, and the Higher Education Task Force and served on the Governor’s High Speed Ground Transportation Commission and the Governor’s Washington State Growth Strategies Commission. Her civic involvement includes serving on numerous boards of directors, including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association, The Seattle Foundation and the Washington Women’s Foundation and the Emeritus Board of the Alliance for Education. She is the past chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Education, and the Downtown Seattle Association and chairman of the King County United Way Campaign.

President’s Medallion

The President’s Medallion is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people, and have provided exceptional service to the state or nation that has influenced the well-being of humankind.

Thomas Reveley

Thomas Reveley, of Bainbridge Island, is a 1959 University of Idaho graduate and wealth management leader. He graduated with a degree in forestry and embarked on a career that first took him to Weyerhauser, a leader in the timberlands and wood-products industries. Reveley then joined Merrill Lynch as a commodity analyst. He continued his service with Merrill Lynch and currently is a wealth management adviser and managing director of wealth management in Merrill Lynch’s Pension & Profit Sharing Unit in the Global Wealth Management Division.

Reveley is former member of the UI Foundation Board of Directors and has contributed to athletics, the Lionel Hampton Music Festival, the President’s Leadership Excellence Fund and a number of facilities projects. He and his wife established the Thomas L. and Teita Reveley Scholarship Endowment. The new Geospatial Education and Research Complex at the College of Natural Resources also bears the Reveley name, a testament to their commitment to the innovative project centered on earth system science. 


Tara Roberts
University Communications
(208) 885-7725 

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