Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Honorary Doctorates

College of Agriculture Alumni Receive Honorary Doctorates

The College of Agriculture is very proud of its alumni. Very rightly so for these three gentlemen, Ron Simons, Don Huntley and Stuart Sperber, who have received honorary doctorates from the University. Please enjoy reading more about their accomplishments in the articles below.

In a Class of His Own

Ron Simons receives an honorary doctorate at the June 2012 Commencement ceremony. Ron’s love of the university began as a student during the Eisenhower Administration. More than five decades later, after receiving an honorary doctorate in June, the man affectionately known as Mr. Cal Poly Pomona headed out — but not before telling a few stories.

Anyone who knows Simons knows that it is nearly impossible to walk away from a conversation with him and not learn something about the university, which has been a part of his DNA since he first set foot on campus as a freshman in 1959.

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Ron Simons

Ron Simons

Fresno Businessman to Be Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Cal Poly Pomona and The California State University will present an honorary doctorate to alumnus Don Huntley of Huntley Moore Farms in Fresno in recognition of his service to the agricultural industry and the university. 

The formal conferral will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, during the 2009 commencement exercises for Cal Poly Pomona's College of Agriculture in the University Quad. 

A highly successful farmer, businessman and avid art collector, Huntley graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 1960 with a degree in animal husbandry. 

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Don Huntley

Don Huntley

Stuart Sperber to Receive Honorary Doctorate

Stuart Sperber, who is president and co-founder of Valley Crest Tree Company and a longtime supporter of the university, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science during the College of Agriculture commencement ceremony on June 9, 2007. 

An alumnus of the Cal Poly Pomona Voorhis Campus, Sperber has created an impressive name for himself, his family and his company in the landscape, nursery and tree industries. Sperber has developed Valley Crest Tree Company into the largest containerized specimen tree growing operation in the United States. In addition, as vice president of Environmental Industries, he and his brother have created the largest landscape nursery maintenance and site development contracting firm in the country. 

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Stuart Sperber

Stuart Sperber