TU bestows honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees
Banking executive, dance legend will be awarded during commencement exercises on Jan. 8
TOWSON, Md. (Jan. 6, 2012)—Frank Bramble Sr. and Judith Jamison will each be awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during the 147th Commencement of Towson University to be held Sunday, Jan. 8 in the Towson Center.
Frank Bramble Sr., a retired banking executive, is widely recognized for his business acumen, unflagging commitment to public service and range of charitable and philanthropic interests.
A Baltimore native, he attended Towson after graduating from Calvert Hall College High School. He later returned to campus as an adjunct professor of accounting and business strategy, and mentor/judge in the College of Business and Economics’ adaptation of NBC’s hit show, The Apprentice.
Since 2007, he has served as a member of Towson University’s Board of Visitors, where he has shared his knowledge and expertise with the president and the president’s staff.
A retired vice chairman of MBNA Corporation, Bramble is a member of the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation and chairs the corporation’s Enterprise Risk Committee. He is the former chairman, president and CEO of Allfirst Financial Corporation, MNC Financial, Maryland National Bank, American Security Bank and Virginia Federal Savings Bank.
Bramble was recently named a Knight of St. Gregory by Pope Benedict XVI. His extensive record of public service includes his work with such organizations as the American Heart Association, the Arthritis Foundation and Boy Scouts of America, and he is known as much for his kindness and generosity as for his achievements in the corporate sphere.
Judith Jamison is an undisputed legend of our time, and celebrated worldwide as a dancer, choreographer, artistic director, educator, author and cultural ambassador.
She joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) in 1965 and quickly became a principal dancer, garnering critical acclaim as Alvin Ailey’s muse and the inspiration for some of his greatest works.
Before he died in 1989, Alvin Ailey asked Jamison to assume the role of artistic director. She has since achieved resounding success, putting the AAADT on solid fiscal footing and taking it to new artistic heights. Under her leadership, the company traveled all over the world, from Johannesburg, South Africa, to the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Her dedication also helped realize Alvin Ailey’s dream of finding a permanent home in the Joan Weill Center for Dance, a gleaming, $56 million facility in Manhattan.
She is a recipient of an Emmy and an American Choreography Award, among many others. Time magazine named her to its list of the world’s 100 most influential people and first lady Michelle Obama honored her with a dance celebration at the White House last year.
Earlier this year, she stepped down as artistic director of the AAADT and into the role of artistic director emeritus.