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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Dean Joe Reish Honored by the French Government

Congratulations are in order for dean Joe Reish for his recently bestowed honor.  He is now an Officier in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques. University Libraries recently received an official letter through the French Embassy in Washington, DC from this long established French organization.

Joseph G. Reish, Dean of University Libraries, Professor of French, and Chevalier des Palmes Academiques, has again been recognized by the French government for his "eminent service to French education and contributions to the prestige of French culture."

After an extensive review of his credentials begun in 2013, Reish was this year advanced in grade in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques from Chevalier (Knight) to Officier (Officer).

Napoleon Bonaparte created the Academic Palms as a title for outstanding members of the Imperial University in 1808. It is the oldest honorific distinction granted to civilians. Today, the order honors academics who, through their teaching, scholarship, and leadership, promulgate the language, literature and culture of France within their university and globally.