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Sacramento State News - California State University, Sacramento
May 16, 2007

Philanthropists, business leader to be
honored at University commencement

Photo: Roger Valine
Roger Valine

Sacramento State will honor three distinguished community members at two commencement ceremonies on May 26 at Arco Arena.

Roger Valine will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, and William and Margaret Campbell will be presented with the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service.

Valine will receive the Honorary Doctorate from the California State University at the College of Business Administration commencement ceremony at 5 p.m. The honorary doctoral degree recognizes excellence and extraordinary achievement in areas that embody the University’s ideals, honors service to the University and the greater community, and recognizes individuals who serve as examples for the University’s student body.

An alumnus of Sacramento State, Valine graduated with a degree in Sociology. He recently retired as president and CEO of Vision Service Plan after 30 years of service. Under his leadership, Vision Service Plan became one of the top benefit providers in the country, serving more than 45 million clients. It was named as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” ranking as high as seventh in 2006. During Valine’s tenure, the company established the Sight for Students program, which provides eye care and eyewear to low-income, uninsured children. Valine has also drawn praise as a mentor to up-and-coming business and community leaders.

Valine served on the board of the University’s Alumni Association and Executive Committee. He received a Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Alumni Association.
William and Margaret Campbell will receive the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service at the College of Arts and Letters commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. The award, which honors outstanding service to the University, will be given to the Campbells for their generous support of Sacramento State for more than two decades.

The Campbells have provided more than $1 million in funds for scholarships, coaching salaries and other provisions for the Hornet tennis program. Faced with funding difficulties in the early 1980s, the Sacramento State tennis program was forced to close down. Co-owners of the Sacramento Capitals World Tennis Team, the Campbells used their share of the proceeds from the Capitals to restart the tennis program.

Bill Campbell coached the Hornet women’s tennis team since 1999—at no salary—and led the team to six straight Big Sky Championships. He also served on the Singer Foundation and on its advisory board. An alumnus of the College of Business Administration, he served on both the College’s and Department of Accountancy’s advisory boards and is a member of the President’s Executive Committee. He received a Distinguished Service Award in 1988 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 from the Sacramento State Alumni Association.

Margaret Campbell was also a coach for the Sacramento State women’s tennis team. She served as president of the Northern California Tennis Association and is a former member of the United States Tennis Association’s national committee for strategic planning. Campbell is a devoted promoter of academic achievement among student-athletes and is an avid patron of the arts in the Sacramento region, particularly for Sacramento State’s Arts in the Afternoon program.
The schedule for Sacramento State Spring Commencement at Arco Arena is:

Friday, May 25

  • 12:30 p.m., College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • 3 p.m., College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • 6 p.m., College of Education

Saturday, May 26

  • 8:30 a.m., College of Health and Human Services
  • 11:30 a.m., College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • 2 p.m., College of Arts and Letters
  • 5 p.m., College of Business Administration

A complete schedule of commencement ceremonies is also available at

For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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