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Winter 2009

Richard N. Frank Receives Honorary Doctorate

Chairman Richard N. Frank was recognized for his service to the higher education in California, and legacy of success and innovation in restaurant management.

Richard N. Frank receives an honorary doctorate from Cal Poly Pomona's Collins College of Hospitality Management Richard N. Frank receives an honorary doctorate from Cal Poly Pomona's Collins College of Hospitality Management

CAL POLY POMONA AND THE CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY have presented Lawry’s chairman, Richard N. Frank, with an honorary doctorate. The honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) degree was bestowed on Richard during June’s graduation exercises for Cal Poly Pomona’s Collins College of Hospitality Management.

Richard was chosen for the honor “in recognition of his dramatic impact on the restaurant industry and service to the university,” according to the school’s official announcement.

One of Richard’s personal causes is education, both in and beyond the restaurant industry. More than 20 years ago, he helped found The Collins College—the first California school of higher learning to offer a four-year degree in restaurant and hotel management—becoming a charter member of its board of advisors and contributing funds and expertise to its development.

education, both in and beyond the restaurant industry

In 1988 he established the Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series, a highly successful program that brings key leaders in the hospitality industry to the campus to help augment students’ classroom education with real world knowledge.

a dramatic impact on the restaurant industry

In addition to establishing an endowment to support the lectureship series, Richard established a student scholarship endowment and has contributed to a wide variety of college and university initiatives. He gave generously to two phases of expansion of the college’s physical facilities and also served on the Capital Improvement Committee that oversaw the plans.

In a career filled with accolades, Richard says this latest honor “has to be the top acknowledgment and recognition I have received in my long life. I guess you can say it’s the thrill of a lifetime.”

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