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Plater Receives Honorary Degree in Thailand from Royal Princess

Dr. Plater was presented the degree diploma by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand
Dr. Plater was presented the degree diploma by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand

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January 8, 2010

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Dr. William M. Plater, Director of IUPUI’s Office of International Community Development, was presented an honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Development Administration by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.

Plater had been nominated for the honorary degree by the Graduate School of Public Administration, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok. The NIDA Board of Regents unanimously agreed to award him the degree last July.

The presentation of the degree on Janurary 6, 2010, by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn was at the 30th NIDA Commencement Ceremony at His Majesty the King’s 6th Cycle Birthday Anniversary Auditorium, NIDA.

Plater has been nationally and internationally recognized for his continuing dedication to community development and philanthropy, both academically and professionally, for more than two decades.

The Office of International Community Development at IUPUI is a joint project of the IU Center on Philanthropy, the IU Center on Urban Policy and the Environment, and the IUPUI Office of International Affairs

Plater has been cultivating international opportunities for IUPUI students and faculty and the Indianapolis community since 1983 when he was named dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. It continued when he was appointed Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties at IUPUI in 1987. In his current post, Plater helps coordinate and develop the international work of the two host centers in cooperation with campus and university offices of international programs while developing new initiatives to promote international civic engagement.

Earlier this year, Plater received the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies at Indiana University’s Founders Day celebration.