History of the Emeritus College

The Gray Mortarboard

Soon after the founding of the Emeritus College, the Gray Mortarboard award was instituted to recognize the contributions and support of non members toward its growth and development. The first recipient of the Gray Mortarboard was Provost Milton Glick. Other early recipients were Vice Provost Louis Olivas, Arizona State University Foundation Senior Vice President Diane McCarthy and philanthropists Ira and Mary Lou Fulton. The Gray Mortarboard, shown above as the Emeritus College, symbolizes the mature knowledge, wisdom and experience of the College's members.

Provost Milt Glick tries on his Gray Mortarboard

Founding of the Emeritus College at ASU

A proposal to establish the Emeritus College at Arizona State University was submitted by the Steering Committee to Provost Milton Glick on July 6, 2004. It was approved by the university administration and the College was officially established November 2, 2004. A personal account of the founding of the Emeritus College by Founding Dean Richard Jacob was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Emeritus Voices.

Following are the Proposal and Appendices as submitted to the ASU administration.

Proposal for an Emeritus College at Arizona State University
Appendix A: Emeritus Associations at Selected Universities
Appendix B: In-Depth Analysis of Emeritus Interests
Appendix C: Emeritus College Survey - Summary of Responses
Appendix D: Proposed Physical Facilities
Appendix E: Hypothetical Budget
Survey of ASU Emeriti/ae

An inaugural convocation celebrating the establishment of the College was held on July 8, 2005.

The Emeritus College Founding Council at the Inaugural Convocation. Left to right: Leonard Gordon (Sociology), Winifred Doane (Zoology), Howard Voss (Physics), John Bell (Secondary Education), Charles Merbs (Anthropology), Takayori Atsumi (Music), Richard J. Jacob (Dean, Physics), and Fred Fehr (Psychology). Not pictured: Charles Elliott (Engineering) and Ronald Alvarado (Zoology). Gordon, Voss, Bell, Atsumi, Alvarado and Fehr are deceased. All but Merbs served on the Steering Committee.


Dean Len Gordon and Founding Dean Dick Jacob carry the Emeritus College gonfalon at University commencement for the first time in 2008.