Becker College Awards Posthumous Medals to its Founders

Published on Monday, May 6th, 2013

president's medalIn honor of its 225th Commencement Anniversary, Becker College will award the inaugural President’s Medals posthumously to the three founders of the college, at its Honorary Degree Dinner & 225th Commencement Anniversary Celebration on Friday, May 10, 2013.

Ebenezer Crafts (1740-1810) and Jacob Davis (1741-1814) co-founded Leicester Academy in 1784 and went on to found the Vermont towns of Craftsbury and Montpelier, respectively. Educator and entrepreneur E. C. A. Becker (1855-1907) founded Becker’s Business College in 1887 and introduced to Worcester the latest technology (the typewriter) and business practices of the time. Today’s Becker College traces its history from the union of those two Massachusetts educational institutions.

Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D., the tenth president of Becker College, established the President’s Medal, which is awarded at the sole discretion of the president to an individual or organization whose contributions have had a far-reaching and positive influence on the Becker College, in our communities, across the nation, or around the world.

“The history of Becker College is intertwined with the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” says President Johnson. “It is only fitting that we honor our founders—two Minutemen who founded one of the first academies in Massachusetts, with a charter signed by Samuel Adams and John Hancock, and one an innovator in business education—on this 225th Commencement Anniversary. Their entrepreneurial spirit formed the strong, enduring foundation which today ensures that the education Becker College delivers is relevant, connected, and engaged in our global society.”

The President’s Medal honors those who exemplify the ideals represented in the college’s vision, mission, and core values—globally focused and grounded in the responsibility of an educated person to not only seek personal and professional success, but also to contribute to a greater good.

The President’s Medal features a global citizenship motif—a hallmark of Dr. Johnson’s presidency that was first introduced with his inaugural medallion in September 2011. The image of the world is spanned by the words Becker College, symbolizing the College’s focus on and commitment to delivering to the world highly educated, responsible citizens who are prepared to thrive, contribute to, and lead in a global society. Laurel leaves, which are also part of the design on the college’s seal, encircle the medallion and reflect the ancient Greek tribute of using laurel leaves to form a crown of honor for scholars, heroes, and others of renown and significance.