Frederick Miles Fritz '68

Doctor of Humane Letters

From left, Ron Liebowitz, Martie Fritz, Rick Fritz, and Liz Robert '78.

Frederick Miles Fritz, visionary leader, wise counsel, dedicated steward and alumnus of Middlebury College. Since your graduation in 1968, you have served your alma mater selflessly and with distinction, and never more so than during your eight-year tenure as the chair of our board of trustees.

With your appointment as chair in 2004, Middlebury embarked on a historic and ambitious path that has guided the institution in its quest to become the first truly global liberal arts college. The affiliation with and acquisition of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), the expansion of our Schools Abroad, the opening of our 10th language school, the launch of Middlebury Interactive Languages, the establishment of a center for social entrepreneurship, and the continued investment in faculty and student resources that are at the heart of our undergraduate experience—all were made possible by your bold leadership and sage advice.   

Of course, even the most disciplined and savvy leaders face unexpected challenges that test their assumptions and best-laid plans. Your keen financial mind and steady hand proved invaluable as the College weathered an economic storm during the global recession, emerging sound and able and ready for the future.  

It is therefore my privilege, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College, to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, with all the rights, honors, privileges, and responsibilities here and everywhere appertaining to this degree.

May 27, 2012