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Kathi Goertzen Receives Honorary Doctorate

Kathi Goertzen Receives Honorary Doctorate

Kathi Goertzen, the KOMO TV co-anchor noted for her outstanding professional success, moral example, and indomitable spirit, was presented with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the 75th Commencement of Northwest University.

The event was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Overlake Christian Church.

“Since 1989, when she was diagnosed with a tumor on the brain stem, Kathi Goertzen has endured numerous surgeries and treatments with a consistent testimony of faith and dignity, truly modeling Christian character to the world,” stated Dr. Joseph Castleberry, the President of Northwest University. “Her professional accomplishments include being the first local American television news correspondent to report live from the scene of the Berlin Wall when it fell. She is a beloved public figure with support from more than 60,000 Facebook fans.”

The Commencement Address was delivered by the Honorable Rob McKenna, Attorney General for the State of Washington. General McKenna received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review. He earned a B.A. in Economics, and a B.A. in International Studies, both with honors, from the University of Washington. At UW, he was student body president and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He began his law career in the Bellevue office of Perkins Coie, one of the Top Fifty law firms in the nation. He serves on President Obama’s Financial Fraud Task Force.

The President’s Award, for significant and meritorious service given to Northwest University, to the community, or to the public welfare of humankind, was presented to Chi-Dooh (Skip) Li, founder of the law firm Ellis, Li, and McKinstry. He was born in Mumbai, India, and grew up in Asia, Australia, and Latin American. He speaks fluent Mandarin, Chinese, and Spanish. In 1992, he pursued a dream of helping the poor in developing countries buy farmland and build economic self-sufficiency through agriculture. That dream has blossomed into a non-profit organization known as Agros International, which has helped create over 37 communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Mexico.

The Northwest University class of 2011 included 341 graduates – 243 baccalaureate degrees and 98 graduate degrees. The Student Commencement Speaker was Lauryn Duffy, an Elementary Education major with a concentration in Humanities.


Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2011