Honorary Degree – Doctor of Humane Letters
Winifred E. Coleman
It is impossible for one to tell the history of Cazenovia College without talking about Winifred E. "Winnie" Coleman. Her dedication to Cazenovia College (as the former dean of students from 1957 to 1971 and most recently as a trustee), combined with her experiences as a leader in American higher education for more than five decades, are roles worth recognizing and celebrating.
A graduate of Le Moyne College and Marquette University, Coleman was dean of students at two colleges – Cazenovia College and Trinity College in Washington, D.C. She also served as director of the National Council of Catholic Women, and was founder and past president of Cashel House, a flourishing Irish import business in Syracuse. After retiring from the presidency of St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut, where she served for 13 years, Winnie became a trustee at Cazenovia College. In 2007, Winifred E. Coleman was voted Trustee Emeritus by the College’s trustees, one of only six trustees to ever be so honored.
Cazenovia College is a better place because of Dean Coleman’s support and involvement. Many alumni who studied here during her years as dean of students have specifically referenced Dean Coleman for having the most profound effect on their lives and for influencing the people they have become. In 2004, the class of 1958 commissioned a portrait to be painted of Winnie Coleman, which hangs today in Coleman Hall and is a lasting tribute to her passion for and commitment to Cazenovia College.
Winnie Coleman is highly regarded on our campus, in the Central New York community and throughout American higher education. She is worthy not only of our admiration and praise, but of the signal recognition conferred by the doctor of humane letters degree, honoris causa.