Posthumous Degree Recipients

The CSU awards honorary doctorates posthumously to recognize individuals who have made demonstrable contributions to the public system of higher education and the people of California. The degrees are typically accepted by a loved one on behalf of the recipient. To learn more about the extraordinary individuals who have been posthumously conferred, visit visit

Bill Hauck, San José State

Bill Hauck
When William “Bill” Hauck was a student at San José State in the 1960s, he realized that students needed a bigger voice in university affairs. Mr. Hauck never lost his “students first” mantra as a long-serving member of the CSU Board of Trustees, first appointed in 1993 by Governor Pete Wilson and reappointed by Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He looked on his service as a way to help students better their lives and future.

In recognition of his personal contribution and commitment to student success, his years of work to improve state government and his attributes of fairness and integrity, the CSU Board of Trustees and San José State will posthumously confer on Bill Hauck the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on May 24.

Peter G. Mehas, Fresno State

Pete Mehas
An honorary doctorate will be awarded posthumously to Dr. Peter G. Mehas, a Fresno State alumnus, lifelong educator and former member of the California State University Board of Trustees, at Fresno State’s 103rd Commencement on May 17.

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro will confer the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters upon the authority of the CSU Board of Trustees, recognizing Dr. Mehas’ achievements, leadership and contributions locally, regionally and nationally. Joining Castro will be joined in the presentation by CSU Trustees Hugo Morales and Steven Stepanek. Mrs. Demi Mehas will accept the honor on behalf of her late husband, a proud Bulldog alumnus, who died Sept. 27, in Fresno.