Illinois State University alumnus Thomas R. Lamont ’69 will receive the University’s honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the Founders Day Convocation ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom. Lamont is assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs for the United States Department of the Army.
Lamont served as a colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard, Office of the Judge Advocate General and retired in 2007 after 25 years of service. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State, where he majored in social science education, and a law degree from the University of Illinois’ College of Law.
As a Springfield attorney, Lamont focused on government law and legislative affairs. He served as executive director of the Office of the State Attorney Appellate Prosecutor and director of civil litigation in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. He was also the executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, a trustee of the State University Retirement System and a member of the United States Senate Judicial Nomination Commission.
Illinois State confers the honorary Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Science, Doctor of Literature, Doctor of Arts and Doctor of Humane Letters degrees to individuals who have achieved records of major distinction at the state or national level in education, public service, literature, business or the professions.
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