Thursday, January 23, 2014

UIS to bestow honorary doctorate to Brandt Thomas

A local business leader and philanthropist will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Illinois Springfield this spring, the first such honor bestowed by the university since 2006.

Evelyn Brandt Thomas, co-owner of BRANDT, a multi-million dollar international agricultural company based in Springfield, will receive the degree at UIS’ May 17 commencement. The degree was approved today by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its meeting in Chicago.

Brandt Thomas, 90, serves as secretary-treasurer of the business and goes to work nearly every day. She is an active philanthropist and has made significant contributions to 4-H and many other central Illinois non-profits as well as to U of I campuses in Springfield and Urbana.

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch said Brandt Thomas has been an inspiration to both men and women in business for decades.

“In addition to her success and leadership in business, her widespread philanthropy and sustained community service have contributed to the quality of life for all who live and work in the Springfield area,” Koch said.

The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on January 24, 2014.

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