The University's Founders’ Day celebration this advent season will include a Convocation at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, where five honorary degrees will be bestowed on a variety of notables. Ning Tang, C’98, will give the Founders’ Day address. Tang is the founder and CEO of CreditEase, a global financial technology leader specializing in inclusive finance and wealth management. Other recipients include Christy S. Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia; S. Waite Rawls III, president of the American Civil War Museum Foundation;Governor William Forrest Winter, attorney and politician and former governor of Mississippi; and the Most Reverend Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross, and Caithness and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
The Most Reverend Mark Strange was brought up in Aberdeen, Scotland, where he attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral as a chorister, server, and vestryman. After serving as Cathedral verger in Worcester, Bishop Strange began theological training at Lincoln Theological College. He was ordained a deacon in 1989 at Worcester Cathedral and served in the parish of St. Barnabas, Rainbow Hill with Christchurch, Tolladine. His work there led to his invitation to become vicar of St. Wulstan’s, Church Warndon. After six years running this large urban parish, he returned to Scotland in 1998 as rector of Holy Trinity, Elgin, and spent 10 years there and in the communities of Lossiemouth, Dufftown, and Aberlour. Bishop Strange was elected canon of Inverness Cathedral in 2000 and synod clerk in 2003. He was elected Bishop of Moray, Ross, and Caithness in 2007 and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church in 2017.