Monday, July 1, 2019

Fordham? Wharton? Do You Believe it?

The President's Educational Credentials

I am increasingly wondering if the President ever set foot in a classroom at Fordham University or the Wharton School of Business.  His speaking and his actions suggest that his formal education ended with the military prep school he attended.  Certainly, institutions such as Fordham and Wharton should be taking great pride in having produced not only one of the great real estate developers of the age but a President of the United States as well, and invited him back to speak and receive an honorary doctorial degree.  That usually happens.  But to my knowledge, that never happened to Donald Trump.  Certainly, both institutions have thusly honored graduates and others for far less prestigious accomplishments.  But not the forty-fifth president.  I wonder why.

Trump Receiving one of his two Liberty University doctorates
Trump has received over the years honorary doctorates from Wagner, Lehigh and Liberty Universities.  One from Robert Gordon University in Scotland was taken back after his position regarding excluding Muslim immigrants became known.  But his alma maters have not seen fit to honor him.

This year the Wharton School in Philadelphia honored David Rubenstein, CEO of the Carlyle Group, Jonathan Gray, Blackstone Group CEO and Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of Taskrabbbit.  Their San Francisco campus honored Anthony Noto, CEO of SoFi.  But not Donald.   This year Fordham University honored Timothy Shriver, Special Olympics CEO.  But not Donald.  Is there something stopping them from honoring him?


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I will be vacationing for a while, but I suggest that followers of this blog check out some of the older postings accessible from the listing to your right.   See you next week!
JL

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