Honorary Degree Citation
Paul J. Schupf. Successful business leader. Gifted collector and patron of the arts. Valued member of the Colby family. Working in the village of Hamilton, New York, the home of your alma mater, Colgate University, you have made indelible marks on the worlds of business, the arts, and higher education. You are a renowned and accomplished investment professional, and you have used the fruits of your labors to benefit organizations and causes close to your heart. A former overseer of the College and member of the Colby College Museum of Art Board of Governors, and, as of yesterday, a trustee emeritus, you have changed the very landscape of Colby. Your many and extraordinary gifts to the College include the Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf residence hall, the Schupf Scientific Computing Center, and the Museum of Art’s Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz and Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Garden. Gifts of art from your outstanding personal collection, including many that populate the Schupf Wing, have transformed the museum’s holdings and helped it become one of the finest institutions of its kind in the world. Your most recent act of generosity to Colby is among the most breathtaking: you announced this spring your intention to donate your collection of Richard Serra works to the museum. This gift will mean that the College has the largest collection of Serra prints outside New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Generations of Colbians – students, faculty, employees, alumni, and friends – and thousands of museum visitors have reason to be thankful for your association with this College, and we are proud to honor you today as a favorite adopted son.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, Paul J. Schupf, the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa. The hood with which you have been invested and this diploma which I place in your hand are visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.
Conferred May 28, 2006
Paul J. Schupf is president of Paul J. Schupf Associates, a private investment firm in Hamilton, N.Y. Prior to founding his current business, he was employed by Steinhardt Partners. Schupf is a dedicated collector of art whose current collection includes major works by Francis Bacon, Jean Dubuffet, Ed Ruscha, Chuck Close, Richard Serra, and Alex Katz. He has donated paintings to numerous museums in Europe and America. In addition to his service on Colby’s Board of Trustees (1991-2006), he served as a member of the Board of Governors of the Colby College Museum of Art. Colby facilities that bear his name are the Paul J. Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz, the Anthony-Mitchell-Schupf residence hall, the Schupf Scientific Computing Center, and the Paul J. Schupf Sculpture Court. He is a trustee emeritus of Colgate University, where he received a B.A. in 1958, and holds honorary doctorates from Thomas College and Cazenovia (N.Y.) College.