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Thailand institute awards honorary Ph.D. to professor emeritus

Gary McLeanGary N. McLean, Ed.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, and now senior professor and executive director of international human resource development in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development in the College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, received an honorary Ph.D. in human resource development from the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok, Thailand, on January 6, 2010.

The degree was bestowed by Her Royal Highness, the Crown Princess Sirindhorn of Thailand during NIDA's regular graduation ceremony. Approximately 2,000 masters and Ph.D. degrees were conferred during the ceremony. One other honorary Ph.D. was awarded in public administration.

The degree was awarded in recognition of McLean's 20+ years of involvement in human resource development in Thailand, including input into the development of two Ph.D. programs and teaching in a third, collaborative research and publications with Thai professors, and involvement in development activities at the local level in villages and temples.

McLean retired from the University of Minnesota in 2007, after 39 years. He continues to advise masters and doctoral students in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.

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