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Hobart to Honor Curry ’75 with Medal of Excellence

During his visit to campus this November to deliver a President’s Forum Series lecture, the Hobart College Alumni Association will bestow its highest honor, the Medal of Excellence, on Michael B. Curry ’75, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church.

A former member of the HWS Board of Trustees, Curry was installed to his current role on Nov. 1, 2015, becoming the first African-American to hold the Church’s top office. A former bishop of North Carolina, Curry currently serves as the Chief Pastor and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society and chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church.

Curry joins the President’s Forum on Friday, Nov. 4, with a free public talk beginning at 7 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of Scandling Campus Center. The Medal of Excellenceceremony will be held in conjunction with the talk.

Born in Chicago, Ill., Curry grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., where his father, the late Rev. Kenneth S. Curry, served as rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. After graduating from Hobart College with a degree in religious studies, Curry earned his master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School.

Ordained a deacon at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo, and to the priesthood later that year at St. Stephen’s Church, Winston-Salem, N.C., Curry served as rector of St. Stephen’s and rector at St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church in Lincoln Heights, Ohio. He became rector at St. James Church in Baltimore, Md., serving until his election in 2000 as the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. He served as a member of the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees from 1988 until 1992.

In his three parish ministries, Curry was involved in Crisis Control Ministry, the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children, preaching missions, the Absalom Jones initiative, creation of networks of family daycare providers, creation of educational centers, and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner city neighborhoods.

He has received several honorary degrees, including one from Yale, and he serves on the boards of a number of organizations including the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church and as Chair and now Honorary Chair of Episcopal Relief & Development. The author of numerous publications, Curry has a national preaching and teaching ministry and has been featured on “The Protestant Hour” radio show.

Curry succeeded outgoing Katharine Jefferts Schori, the first woman to lead the U.S. Episcopal Church and 39th recipient of Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ Elizabeth Blackwell Award.