Gov. Bill Haslam receives honorary degree, speaks at Lee University graduation

Gov. Bill Haslam receives honorary degree, speaks at Lee University graduation

December 15th, 2012 by Paul Leach in Local Regional News

Gov. Bill Haslam addresses the winter 2012 graduating class at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., on Saturday. University President Paul Conn conferred an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Gov. Haslam.

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CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Gov. Bill Haslam received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Lee University on Saturday, before giving the commencement address to the winter 2012 graduating class.

Haslam "consistently has resisted the temptation to approach complex problems by ideological posturing" and he models a "genuine Christian discipleship which respects the diverse culture of a pluralistic society while still embracing unapologetically his personal faith," university President Paul Conn said.

Haslam urged the graduating class to strongly consider getting involved in public service in some way.

"It seemed to me the principle holds that good government is really one of the best ways to serve folks," Haslam said.

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