The William Jewell College Board of Trustees conferred upon Mary Marks Sallee an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for exemplary service. She received a diploma and hood during the Commencement ceremony held on campus May 14.
Among the highest honors bestowed by a college, an Honorary Doctorate is reserved for those who distinguish themselves through professional contributions and honorary service while supporting the mission and values of the college.
Sallee was recognized for 16 years of exemplary service to William Jewell, cited for her tireless work in building a sense of community, creating a welcoming environment for students and campus guests, advising student organizations, serving on committees to support student scholarships and campus enhancements, and chairing community philanthropies and betterment projects. The board of trustees especially commended her significant role in student life, getting to know all students and supporting their needs.
The daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Freddie Marks of Lawrence, Kan., Sallee is a 1969 graduate of Lawrence (Kan.) High School. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Oklahoma Baptist University and arrived at William Jewell College in 2000 when her husband, David, was named president of the college. They will retire in July and will make their home in the Liberty area.
The longest serving college president in the Kansas City area, Dr. David Sallee has been granted president emeritus status by the board of trustees