Columbia College Honors Its Own With Honorary Degrees


Outgoing President Warrick L. Carter & Immediate Past Trustee Chairman Allen M. Turner to Receive Honorary Doctorates at Commencement Ceremonies this Weekend

CHICAGO (May 17, 2013) – This weekend, when Columbia College Chicago bestows honorary doctorates on distinguished icons in the arts and media, including legendary musician Herbie Hancock, the college also will honor two campus fixtures – Allen M. Turner, immediate past chairman of the board of trustees, and Dr. Warrick L. Carter, president of the college who will retire this summer.

Dr. Warrick L. Carter has served as President of Columbia College Chicago since 2000.  Prior to joining Columbia, Dr. Carter was the Director of Entertainment Arts for Walt Disney Entertainment. During his tenure at Berklee College of Music he served as Dean of Faculty and then as Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs. His teaching experience includes appointments at Governors State University, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore and Northwestern University.  As a composer and performer Dr. Carter has created works for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, has recorded on the Mark and Capital labels and performed in concert and at festivals worldwide. He serves on the boards and advisory boards of numerous civic, educational, and professional organizations including Interlochen, International House of Blues Foundation, Rotary International, and the Lincoln Library. He holds a M.Mus. and a Ph.D. in music education from Michigan State University.

Allen M. Turner is immediate past chairman of Columbia College Chicago’s Board of Trustees. Turner has served on Columbia’s board since 2002, and as chairman of the board since 2005. In 1965, he joined the family investment firm The Pritzker Organization where he became partner. He served on the board and as board chairman and numerous arts, education and professional organizations, including McCall’s Magazine and American Family Publishers, the Goodman Theater and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago. He has lectured on American Theater at Cambridge University and Yale University, was a lecturer at the School of Business Arts Management Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison and was recently appointed to the academic post of Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. As a writer composer and performer, Turner performed his own work “How I Learned to Play the Piano” for the Chicago Humanities Festival and composed the children’s opera “Lost and Found” and “Esther: The Musical,” which was commissioned by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration degree in 1958 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1961.

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